2004-Present-front
    2004-Present-front
    2004-Present-back
    Security Thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the text USA 50 and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows yellow when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of President Grant in the blank space to the right of the portrait.  The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    Color-Shifting Ink

    Color-Shifting Ink

    Tilt the note to see the numeral 50 in the lower right corner on the front of the note shift from copper to green.

    • Federal Reserve System Seal

      Federal Reserve System Seal

      A black seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System.  A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

    • Microprinting

      Microprinting

      Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text FIFTYUSA, and 50 inside two of the blue stars to the left of the portrait, FIFTY repeated within both side borders of the note, and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in President Grant’s collar.

    • Raised Printing

      Raised Printing

      Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    • Paper

      Paper

      Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers. 

    • Color

      Color

      The note includes subtle background colors of blue and red to both sides of the note.

    • Portrait and Vignette

      The $50 note features a portrait of President Grant on the front of the note and a vignette of the United States Capitol on the back of the note.

    • Symbols of Freedom

      Symbols of Freedom

      Representative of the United States flag, a field of blue stars is located to the left of the portrait, while three red stripes are located to the right of the portrait.  A small metallic silver-blue star is located on the lower right side of the portrait.

    • Green 50

      Green 50

      A large green numeral 50 on the back of the note helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination.

    • Treasury Seal

      Treasury Seal

      A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    • Serial Numbers

      Serial Numbers

      A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

    • Series Year

      Series Year

      The design includes series years 2004, 2004A, 2006, 2009, and 2013.

    Security Thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the text USA 50 and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows yellow when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of President Grant in the blank space to the right of the portrait.  The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    Color-Shifting Ink

    Color-Shifting Ink

    Tilt the note to see the numeral 50 in the lower right corner on the front of the note shift from copper to green.

    1997 - 2004- front
    1997 - 2004- front
    1997 - 2004- back
    Security Thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the text USA 50 and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows yellow when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of President Grant in the blank space to the right of the portrait.  The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    Color-Shifting Ink

    Color-Shifting Ink

    Tilt the note to see the numeral 50 in the lower right corner on the front of the note shift from green to black.

    • Federal Reserve Bank Seal

      Federal Reserve Bank Seal

      A black seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System. A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

    • Microprinting

      Microprinting

      Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words FIFTY repeated in the alternating spaces in the vertical side borders of the note and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in the left side of President Grant’s collar.

    • Raised Printing

      Raised Printing

      Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    • Paper

      Paper

      Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

    • Portrait and Vignette

      Portrait and Vignette

      The $50 note features a portrait of President Grant on the front of the note and a vignette of the United States Capitol on the back of the note.

    • Green 50

      Green 50

      A large green numeral 50 on the back of the note helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination.

    • Treasury Seal

      Treasury Seal

      A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    • Serial Numbers

      Serial Numbers

      A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

    • Series Year

      Series Year

      The design includes series years 1996 and 2001.

    Security Thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the text USA 50 and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows yellow when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of President Grant in the blank space to the right of the portrait.  The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    Color-Shifting Ink

    Color-Shifting Ink

    Tilt the note to see the numeral 50 in the lower right corner on the front of the note shift from green to black.

    1990 - 1997 - front
    1990 - 1997 - front
    1990 - 1997 - back
    Security Thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the text USA 50 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows yellow when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Microprinting

    Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

    • Federal Reserve Bank Seal

      Federal Reserve Bank Seal

      A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name and corresponding letter of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

    • Treasury Seal

      Treasury Seal

      A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    • Raised Printing

      Raised Printing

      Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    • Paper

      Paper

      Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers. 

    • Portrait and Vignette

      Portrait and Vignette

      The $50 note features a portrait of President Grant on the front of the note and a vignette of the United States Capitol on the back of the note.

    • Serial Numbers

      Serial Numbers

      A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note. 

    • Series Year

      Series Year

      The design includes series years 1990 and 1993.

    Security Thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the text USA 50 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows yellow when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Microprinting

    Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

    1914-1990 - front
    1914-1990 - front
    1914-1990 - back
    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

    A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank. 

    Raised Printing

    Raised Printing

    Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    Paper

    Paper

    Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

    Portrait and Vignette

    Portrait and Vignette

    The $50 note features a portrait of President Grant on the front of the note.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature the United States Capitol.

    Treasury Seal

    Treasury Seal

    A seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The design of the seal was changed to incorporate 
    an English inscription and appears on all Federal Reserve notes of the 1969 series year or later. 

    Serial Numbers

    Serial Numbers

    A combination of numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

    A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank. 

    Raised Printing

    Raised Printing

    Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    Paper

    Paper

    Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

    Portrait and Vignette

    Portrait and Vignette

    The $50 note features a portrait of President Grant on the front of the note.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature the United States Capitol.

    Treasury Seal

    Treasury Seal

    A seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The design of the seal was changed to incorporate 
    an English inscription and appears on all Federal Reserve notes of the 1969 series year or later. 

    Serial Numbers

    Serial Numbers

    A combination of numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

    The $50 note features subtle background colors of blue and red, and includes an embedded security thread that glows yellow when illuminated by UV light. When held to light, a portrait watermark of President Grant is visible from both sides of the note. The note includes a color-shifting numeral 50 in the lower right corner of the note.

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    Color-Shifting Ink

    Tilt the note to see the numeral 50 in the lower right corner on the front of the note shift from copper to green.

    Portrait Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of President Grant in the blank space to the right of the portrait.  The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the text USA 50 and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows yellow when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Raised Printing

    Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    Microprinting

    Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text FIFTY, USA, and 50 inside two of the blue stars to the left of the portrait, FIFTY repeated within both side borders of the note, and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA In President Grant’s collar.

    Downloads

    • Dollars in Detail guide

      Refer to this comprehensive guide for in-depth technical information on U.S. currency.

    • Play Money Coloring Sheets

      These printable coloring sheets of denominations $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and $100 are intended for children, parents, and teachers.

    • Quick Reference Guide

      The Quick Reference Guide is a comprehensive resource on the security and design features of U.S. currency. This item unfolds and can be displayed next to a point of sale as an easy-to-use reference.

    • Multinote Booklet

      This 12-page booklet contains detailed information about the security and design features in the redesigned $100 note and those in the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes.

    • Multinote Poster

      This poster features the security features in the redesigned $100 note and those in the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes.

    • Know Your Money

      This comprehensive guide includes technical information on the security and design features of the current-design $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes.

    • $50 Note (2004-Present)

      Explore security and design features of the $50 note, issued 2004-present.

    • $50 Note (1997-2004)

      Explore security and design features of the $50 note, issued 1997-2004.

    • $50 Note (1990-1997)

      Explore security and design features of the $50 note, issued 1990-1997.

    • $50 Note (1914-1990)

      Explore security and design features of the $50 note, issued 1914-1990.

    History

    $50 Note Life Cycle

    Before a Federal Reserve note enters circulation, it must pass through four critical steps: design, order, production, and issuance.

    • 364.8
      million notes
      2018 FY Print Order
    • $86.4
      billion
      2017 Value in Circulation
    • 8.5
      years
      Estimated Lifespan

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