Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers. The $1 Federal Reserve note was issued in 1963, and its design—featuring President George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States—remains unchanged.
The appearance of U.S. banknotes changes greatly in 1929. In...
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- The Federal Reserve Seal and The Federal Reserve District number.
- Serial Numbers
- Series Date
- Plate Serial Number
- Note Number Position
- The Great Seal of The United States
There are twelve different Federal Reserve Banks responsible for printing paper money in the United States. On the one dollar bill, the bank can be quickly identified by a letter code in the Federal Reserve Seal to the left of the portrait of George Washington. The letter code is also found in the prefix of the serial number. A corresponding Federa...
The serial number of a bill appears twice, once in the lower left hand quadrant and again in the upper right hand quadrant on the front of the bill. The letter which precedes the numbers must be the same number that you saw identifying the Federal Reserve Bank. The last letter of the serial number or suffix letter identifies the number of times tha...
In the lower right quadrant between the portrait of George Washington and signature of the Secretary of the Treasury is the Series Date. This number is presented as a the year portion of a date - as in 2004 - and sometimes has a letter suffix - as in 2004A. It is important to note that there is not a series for every calendar year. A new series wil...
The Plate Serial Number appears twice: once on the front of the bill in the lower right quadrant above the Federal Reserve District Number, and again on the back in the lower right corner. It identifies the plate from which the note was printed.
The Note Number Position appears in the upper left quadrant. It is a letter number combination that indicates which position on the plate the note was printed. The number indicates the quadrant and the letter indicates the position within the quadrant. The following chart shows this relationship:
The front (or obverse) of the seal shows an American bald eagle behind the national shield. The eagle holds an olive branch. The 13-letter motto, "E Pluribus Unum," on the ribbon held in the eagle's beak means "Out of Many, One." On the reverse of the seal is a pyramid with 1776 in Roman numerals at the base. The pyramid stands for permanence and s...
This guide covers $1 bill from 1862 all the way up to 1957. One dollar bills printed after 1957 are all green seal Federal Reserve notes. The only bills of value past 1957 will be fancy serial numbers. We wrote a whole guide on fancy serial numbers you can view here.
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The first United States issued one dollar bill was printed in 1862. Since that time there have been many redesigns of the one dollar bill. In 1928 the size of the one dollar bill was changed to the size that we consider normal today. Before 1928, all dollar bills were about 35% bigger.