1997 $50 note front

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1997 $50 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.

1997 $50 watermark

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.

1997 $50 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.

1997 $50 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.

1997 $50 microprinting


Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text 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.


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