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The U.S. one dollar bill ($1) is a denomination of U.S. currency. The first U.S. President George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart, is currently featured on the obverse, while the Great Seal of the United States is featured on the reverse. more...

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The one dollar bill has the oldest design of all U.S. currency currently being produced. The obverse debuted in 1963 when the $1 bill first became a Federal Reserve Note and the reverse debuted in 1935.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing says the "average life" of a $1 bill in circulation is 22 months before it is replaced due to wear. Approximately 45% of all U.S. currency produced today is one dollar bills.

All $1 bills produced today are Federal Reserve Notes. One dollar bills are delivered by Federal Reserve Banks in blue straps.

History

Large size notes

(7.375 inches x 3.125 inches)

  • 1862: The first $1 bill was issued as a Legal Tender Note (United States Note) with a portrait of Salmon P. Chase, the Treasury Secretary under President Lincoln.
  • 1869: The $1 United States Note was redesigned with a portrait of George Washington in the center and a vignette of Christopher Columbus sighting land to the left. The obverse of the note also featured green and blue tinting. Although this note is technically a United States Note, TREASURY NOTE appeared on it instead of UNITED STATES NOTE.
  • 1874: The Series of 1869 United States Note was revised. Changes on the obverse included removing the green and blue tinting, adding a red floral design around the word WASHINGTON D.C., and changing the term TREASURY NOTE to UNITED STATES NOTE. The reverse was completely redesigned. This note was also issued as Series of 1875 and 1878.
  • 1880: The red floral design around the words ONE DOLLAR and WASHINGTON D.C. on the United States Note was removed.
  • 1886: The first woman to appear on U.S. currency, Martha Washington, was featured on the $1 Silver Certificate. The reverse of the note featured an ornate design that occupied the entire note, excluding the borders.
  • 1890: One dollar Treasury or "Coin Notes" were issued for government purchases of silver bullion from the silver mining industry. The reverse featured the large word ONE in the center surrounded by an ornate design that occupied almost the entire note.
  • 1891: The reverse of the Series of 1890 Treasury Note was redesigned because the treasury felt that it was too "busy" which would make it too easy to counterfeit. More open space was incorporated into the new design.
  • 1891: The reverse of the $1 Silver Certificate was redesigned. More open space was incorporated into the new design.
  • 1896: The famous "Educational Series" Silver Certificate was issued. The entire obverse was covered with artwork of allegorical figures representing "history instructing youth" in front of Washington D.C. The reverse featured portraits of George and Martha Washington surrounded by an ornate design that occupied almost the entire note.
  • 1899: The $1 Silver Certificate was again redesigned. The obverse featured a vignette of the U.S. Capitol building behind a Bald Eagle perched on an American Flag. Below that were small portraits of Abraham Lincoln to the left and Ulysses S. Grant to the right.
  • 1917: The obverse of the $1 United States Note was changed slightly with the removal of ornamental frames that surrounded the serial numbers.
  • 1918: The only large-sized, Federal Reserve Note-like $1 bill was issued as a Federal Reserve Bank Note(not to be confused with Federal Reserve Notes). Each note was an obligation of the issuing Federal Reserve Bank and could only be redeemed at that corresponding bank. The obverse of the note featured a borderless portrait of George Washington to left and wording in the entire center. The reverse featured a Bald Eagle in flight clutching an American Flag.
  • 1923: Both the one dollar United States Note and Silver Certificate were redesigned. Both notes featured the same reverse and an almost identical obverse with the same border design and portrait of George Washington. The only difference between the two notes was the color of ink used for the numeral 1 crossed by the word DOLLAR, treasury seal, and serial numbers along with the wording of the obligations. These dollar bills were the first and only large size notes with a standardized design for different types of notes of the same denomination; this same concept would later be used on small size notes.

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Laurel, Mississippi (Ms) $5 National Bank Note, 1902 Lg  Blue Seal, Ch 11898Laurel, Mississippi (Ms) $5 National Bank Note, 1902 Lg  Blue Seal, Ch 11898 $388.95 Bep Souvenir Card B 251 Fun 2001 face 1890 $2 Treasury Note General McPhersonBep Souvenir Card B 251 Fun 2001 face 1890 $2 Treasury Note General McPherson $16.75
1891 $2 Treasury Note Fr. 357 No Reserve $1 Start1891 $2 Treasury Note Fr. 357 No Reserve $1 Start $58.00 Opp, Alabama (Al) $10 Large, Blue Seal 1902 National Bank Note, Ch 7985Opp, Alabama (Al) $10 Large, Blue Seal 1902 National Bank Note, Ch 7985 $799.00
Peoria, Illinois (Il) $5 Large, Blue Seal 1902 National Bank Note, Ch 3214Peoria, Illinois (Il) $5 Large, Blue Seal 1902 National Bank Note, Ch 3214 $349.00 1907 $5 Legal Tender "Pioneer Family" Very Fine1907 $5 Legal Tender "Pioneer Family" Very Fine $222.50
$20 Confederate Currency Note, Vf Condition - P37$20 Confederate Currency Note, Vf Condition - P37 $39.00 1890 $5 Treasury Note Very Good 8 Pmg Fr#361 Scarce Issue1890 $5 Treasury Note Very Good 8 Pmg Fr#361 Scarce Issue $449.95
1891 Treasury Note One Dollar 1$1891 Treasury Note One Dollar 1$ $56.55 Columbia, Missouri (Mo) $10 National Bank Note, 1902 Blue Seal, Ch 1467Columbia, Missouri (Mo) $10 National Bank Note, 1902 Blue Seal, Ch 1467 $1,195.00
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1862 U.S. One Dollar Note ~ Greenback1862 U.S. One Dollar Note ~ Greenback $93.00 Chillicothe, Missouri (Mo) $20 National Bank Note, 1902 Lg, Blue Seal, Ch 4111Chillicothe, Missouri (Mo) $20 National Bank Note, 1902 Lg, Blue Seal, Ch 4111 $849.00
Series 1902 $20 Dollar National Currency Toy Nb Sioux City, Iowa Ia 10139 C442CSeries 1902 $20 Dollar National Currency Toy Nb Sioux City, Iowa Ia 10139 C442C $199.99 Was: $249.99 1890, $20 Fr-374 Large Size Treasury Pcgs 20-Rare1890, $20 Fr-374 Large Size Treasury Pcgs 20-Rare $16,400.00
1890 $1 Treasury Note Ornate Back Small Red Seal Fr. 349 No Reserve $1 Start1890 $1 Treasury Note Ornate Back Small Red Seal Fr. 349 No Reserve $1 Start $38.00 Fr. 190a 1864 $10 Compound Interest Treasury Note Pcgs Very Fine-20Fr. 190a 1864 $10 Compound Interest Treasury Note Pcgs Very Fine-20 $19,999.95
★ Fr. 29 $1880 $1 Legal Tender Note Gem Uncirculated Pmg 65 ( # Z29533141 ) ★★ Fr. 29 $1880 $1 Legal Tender Note Gem Uncirculated Pmg 65 ( # Z29533141 ) ★ $2,988.88 Fr. 365 1891 $5 Five Dollars Treasury Note Pmg Very Fine-20Fr. 365 1891 $5 Five Dollars Treasury Note Pmg Very Fine-20 $9,999.95
Fr. 354 1890 $2 Two Dollars Treasury Note Pcgs Very Fine-25Fr. 354 1890 $2 Two Dollars Treasury Note Pcgs Very Fine-25 $8,499.95 Cainesville, Missouri Mo $20 National Bank Note, Unrecorded Ch 8407 Plain Back Cainesville, Missouri Mo $20 National Bank Note, Unrecorded Ch 8407 Plain Back  $1,195.00
1890 $1 One Dollar Large Size "Stanton" Treasury Coin Note Rare1890 $1 One Dollar Large Size "Stanton" Treasury Coin Note Rare $77.00 1902 Ten Dollar 10$ National Currency Note McKinley1902 Ten Dollar 10$ National Currency Note McKinley $63.00
Incredible 1917 $2 Legal Tender Gem Almost UncirculatedIncredible 1917 $2 Legal Tender Gem Almost Uncirculated $232.50 Cleveland, Ohio (Oh) $5 Large, Blue Seal 1902 National Bank Note, Ch 4318Cleveland, Ohio (Oh) $5 Large, Blue Seal 1902 National Bank Note, Ch 4318 $349.00
1891, $20 Fr-375 Treasury Pmg 66 Epq-Classic rarity-the key-Best Of Best1891, $20 Fr-375 Treasury Pmg 66 Epq-Classic rarity-the key-Best Of Best $67,500.00 "Ttg" Complete Set U.S. 1917 $1.00 Legal Tender Notes -Certified"Ttg" Complete Set U.S. 1917 $1.00 Legal Tender Notes -Certified $4,250.00
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Large 1917 $1 One Dollar Bill United States Legal Tender Red Seal Note Big MoneyLarge 1917 $1 One Dollar Bill United States Legal Tender Red Seal Note Big Money $20.50 Large 1917 $2 Dollar Bill * Star Currency Us Legal Tender Note Better Fr 57* PmgLarge 1917 $2 Dollar Bill * Star Currency Us Legal Tender Note Better Fr 57* Pmg $165.00
1891, $10 Fr-370 Treasury-Rare In Circulated & Common In Unc1891, $10 Fr-370 Treasury-Rare In Circulated & Common In Unc $2,480.00 1890 $1 Treasury Note Ornate Reverse Strong Extra Fine1890 $1 Treasury Note Ornate Reverse Strong Extra Fine $1,465.00
Fr. 347 1890 $1 One Dollar Treasury Note Pmg Choice Uncirculated-64Fr. 347 1890 $1 One Dollar Treasury Note Pmg Choice Uncirculated-64 $9,999.95 Large 1880 $20 Dollar Bill Legal Tender United States Hamilton Note Fr 147 PcgsLarge 1880 $20 Dollar Bill Legal Tender United States Hamilton Note Fr 147 Pcgs $275.00
Tt Fr 233 1899 $1 Silver Cert. Black Eagle Exotic Serial U21U Pcgs 67 Ppq SuperbTt Fr 233 1899 $1 Silver Cert. Black Eagle Exotic Serial U21U Pcgs 67 Ppq Superb $3,750.00 Wow Genuine 1899 $5 Chief reprint from original plate by Bep Gem 66 OffersWow Genuine 1899 $5 Chief reprint from original plate by Bep Gem 66 Offers $75.00
1890, $2 Fr-355 Large Size Treasury Pcgs 301890, $2 Fr-355 Large Size Treasury Pcgs 30 $7,400.00 Tt Fr 16-C 1862 $1 Legal Tender Rare Fr # Pcgs 58 Choice About NewTt Fr 16-C 1862 $1 Legal Tender Rare Fr # Pcgs 58 Choice About New $3,595.00
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1918 $2 Frbn Cleveland Fr#757 Teehee/ Burke/ Baxter/ Fancher S/N D592A Pp D Pmg1918 $2 Frbn Cleveland Fr#757 Teehee/ Burke/ Baxter/ Fancher S/N D592A Pp D Pmg $4,673.00 1864 $2 T-70 58Ppq Note1864 $2 T-70 58Ppq Note $199.00
United States $1 Dollar 1917 Fr# 38 Legal Tender Pmg Gem Unc 66 Epq "Rare Fr#"United States $1 Dollar 1917 Fr# 38 Legal Tender Pmg Gem Unc 66 Epq "Rare Fr#" $775.00
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