Security Features

2008 $5 note front
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2008 $5 note front

$5 Note

2008 $5 watermark


Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of a large numeral 5 in the blank space to the right of the portrait and a faint image of three numeral 5s to the left of the portrait. The images are visible from both sides of the note.

2008 $5 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 letters USA and the numeral 5 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows blue when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

2008 $5 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.

2008 $5 microprinting


Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text FIVE DOLLARS repeated inside the left and right borders of the note, E PLURIBUS UNUM at the top of the shield within the Great Seal, and USA repeated in between the columns of the shield. On the back of the note the text USA FIVE appears along one edge of the large purple numeral 5.

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