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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

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(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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Hgr 1864 $10 Confederate (Beautiful) Choice UncirculatedHgr 1864 $10 Confederate (Beautiful) Choice Uncirculated $76.00 Fr. 40 $1 1923 Legal Tender Very FineFr. 40 $1 1923 Legal Tender Very Fine $256.00
1891 $2 Us Treasury Note Pcgs Vf 25 Fr 3581891 $2 Us Treasury Note Pcgs Vf 25 Fr 358 $1,499.99 Hgr 1901 $10 U.S.Note (Stunning Bison Design) Awesome GradeHgr 1901 $10 U.S.Note (Stunning Bison Design) Awesome Grade $355.00
Hgr 1914 $5 New York (Stunning) High GradeHgr 1914 $5 New York (Stunning) High Grade $82.00 $5 1902 The Phoenix National Bank of Lexington, Ky Charter 3942 Only 10 known!$5 1902 The Phoenix National Bank of Lexington, Ky Charter 3942 Only 10 known! $396.00 Was: $495.00
Fr.347 1890 $1 Treasury Note Fine 12Fr.347 1890 $1 Treasury Note Fine 12 $440.00 Hgr 1902 $20 Knoxville-Date Back (X-Rare 2 Known) Awesome GradeHgr 1902 $20 Knoxville-Date Back (X-Rare 2 Known) Awesome Grade $276.00
Hgr 1935A $1 N.Africa (Blue/Yellow) High GradeHgr 1935A $1 N.Africa (Blue/Yellow) High Grade $36.00 Cc&C $1 1918 - Federal Reserve Bank Note - Richmond - Affordable - Ships Free!Cc&C $1 1918 - Federal Reserve Bank Note - Richmond - Affordable - Ships Free! $149.99
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Hgr 1973 $1 Canada (X-Rare 2 digit serial#46) Gem UncirculatedHgr 1973 $1 Canada (X-Rare 2 digit serial#46) Gem Uncirculated $51.00 1880 Us $5 Dollar Legal Tender Bill WoodChopper1880 Us $5 Dollar Legal Tender Bill WoodChopper $265.00
*Stunning* $1 1899 "Black Eagle" Silver Certificate Fr#236 Pcgs Gem/Cu65Ppq*Stunning* $1 1899 "Black Eagle" Silver Certificate Fr#236 Pcgs Gem/Cu65Ppq $895.00 Hgr (Error) 2006 $1 X-Rare (Seals + Serial#'s on Back) Near UncirculatedHgr (Error) 2006 $1 X-Rare (Seals + Serial#'s on Back) Near Uncirculated $182.50
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Hgr 1934A $20 (Hawaii) Very High GradeHgr 1934A $20 (Hawaii) Very High Grade $79.00 Hgr 1935A $1 Silver Cert (Experimental R) High GradeHgr 1935A $1 Silver Cert (Experimental R) High Grade $103.61
Fr. 119 1901 $10 Ten Dollars "Bison" United States Note Pcgs Gem New-66PpqFr. 119 1901 $10 Ten Dollars "Bison" United States Note Pcgs Gem New-66Ppq $19,999.95 Lot of 25 Bills - Black Eagle with Paul Revere Trillion Dollar BillLot of 25 Bills - Black Eagle with Paul Revere Trillion Dollar Bill $6.50
Fr. 60 $2 1917 Legal Tender Hole Very Fine+Fr. 60 $2 1917 Legal Tender Hole Very Fine+ $138.00 Hgr 1929 $20 Frbn (Atlanta) Awesome GradeHgr 1929 $20 Frbn (Atlanta) Awesome Grade $41.00
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Hgr (Error) 1981 $1 X-Rare (Under Ink- Only 2 Serial#'s) Very High GradeHgr (Error) 1981 $1 X-Rare (Under Ink- Only 2 Serial#'s) Very High Grade $91.00 1862 $1 Legal Tender "Ace" Pcgs Au50 Nice!1862 $1 Legal Tender "Ace" Pcgs Au50 Nice! $1,975.00
Hgr 1918 $1 Green Eagle (New York) High GradeHgr 1918 $1 Green Eagle (New York) High Grade $71.00 Hgr 1922 $50 Rare (Gold Certificate) Awesome GradeHgr 1922 $50 Rare (Gold Certificate) Awesome Grade $617.00
Hgr 2006 $1 (American Liberty Currency) Superb Gem UncirculatedHgr 2006 $1 (American Liberty Currency) Superb Gem Uncirculated $10.00 Set of 13 - American Revolution Bicentennial One Commemorative Dollar 1776-1976Set of 13 - American Revolution Bicentennial One Commemorative Dollar 1776-1976 $55.00
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$1 Series 1890 Ornate Back and 1891 Treasury (Coin) Notes no reserve$1 Series 1890 Ornate Back and 1891 Treasury (Coin) Notes no reserve $180.27 1891 Treasury $1 Banknote - Stanton at left Fr.3521891 Treasury $1 Banknote - Stanton at left Fr.352 $17.50
United We Stand 50 States Novelty Bill -Lot of 10 BillsUnited We Stand 50 States Novelty Bill -Lot of 10 Bills $3.75 Hgr 1917 $1 U.S.Note (Speelman/White) Very High GradeHgr 1917 $1 U.S.Note (Speelman/White) Very High Grade $55.88
1864 $5 State Capitol at Richmond, Va in center; C.G. Memminger on right1864 $5 State Capitol at Richmond, Va in center; C.G. Memminger on right $37.77 Hgr 1928G $2 U.S.Note (Red Seal) Very High GradeHgr 1928G $2 U.S.Note (Red Seal) Very High Grade $20.00
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