A note about US Dollar bills.
I just thought I would leave an interesting note here about the
currency of the United States. I’m sure everyone here has used it at
some point to make trades and purchases, (unless you are one of those
credit card or debit card users). Dollar bills are probably the most
popular way to carry large sums of money, that doesn’t have to do with
computer memory, (via a plastic card or computer chip) We carry these
“notes” in our wallets and purses. The dollar bills are rarely
collectors’ items because they are constantly traded all the time, for
private and public transactions. Dollar bills can be used up to a point
where they can start to wear and tear down and then they have to be
I will now discuss the four most common dollar bills
used in the United States. They are the one dollar, five dollar, ten
dollar, and twenty dollar bills.
Let’s begin talking about the one dollar bill.
one dollar bill has George Washington’s photo on the middle. This bill
is the most commonly used bill in the United States and lasts about
12-18 months before it needs to be replaced. These dollars are
generally the only ones accepted at vending machines, (for snacks, and
drinks) It is currently the only dollar to display the federal bank in
which this bill is based from.
Here is the back side of the bill.
This dollar bill unlike most others is not color coded. They make up 45% of today’s existing bills.
Now for the five dollar bill:
dollar bill has Abraham Lincoln’s photo on it. This bill has been the
most recent bill to be color coded, to combat counterfeiting. The five
dollar bills have an image that must be seen through light. The main
purpose is to verify it’s authenticity. The great seal is to the right
of the image of Lincoln.
Here is the back side of the five dollar bill:
really stands out is the large purple “5” in the lower right hand
corner, probably another anti-counterfeit tactic. There are small
yellow numbers near it too. The Lincoln Memorial is on this side.
Despite having a higher value, the five dollar bill lasts about 10-18
months, sometimes not lasting as much as the one dollar bill. They make
up 9% of today’s rolling currency.
The ten dollar bill has Alexander Hamilton on it. He was the first US secretary of the treasury.
torch from the Statue of Liberty is to the left of the image of
Alexander Hamilton and to the right are the words “We the People” from
the words of the constitution. The 10 on the lower right hand corner is
golden and for counterfeiters, that would be very difficult or nearly
impossible to duplicate. Like the five dollar bill, this one is color
coded as well.
Here is the back of the bill:
side has the US Treasury on it, with a large 10 on the right hand
corner. The bill has small yellow 10s on the right side. I believe
there is also an image that you must see through light as well. The 10
dollar bill lasts about 15-24 months before it needs to be replaced.
This bill makes up 11% of today’s currency.
Here is a bill that is used frequently in large numbers: the twenty dollar bill.
Jackson is in the front of the bill, and the Eagle is to the left and
USA print on the right. There’s also a golden 20 on the lower right
hand corner. These bills are generally the largest accepted
denomination in many stores, generally because 50 and 100 dollar bills
are not that common anymore. The 20 dollar bill is also color coded.
Today the 20 dollar bill makes up 22% of today’s total currency.
Here is the back:
back of the White house is pictured here. The big 20 is to the lower
right hand corner. Small yellow 20s surround the White House. The 20
dollar bill usually lasts about two years before in need of replacement.
To add to this, here are three different bills that are rarely used by consumers and traders:
The 50 dollar bill:
50 dollar bill has Ulysses S. Grant on the front and the US Capitol
Building in the back. The red stripes are to the right of Grant on the
front side, and a golden 50 as well. This bill generally will last
about 2 to 3 years before it needs replacing. They only make about 5%
of today’s currency.
The 100 dollar bill with Benjamin Franklin
on it. So far he’s the only non-US President on the bill along with
Alexander Hamilton who is on the 10 dollar bill.
assuming this dollar bill is color coded as well, this is from the 1996
circulation. About 7% of today’s bills are worth 100 dollars.
Independence Hall in Philadelphia is featured in the back.
That is it for this post!