United States fifty-dollar bill

Fifty dollars
(United States of America)
Value$50
Width156 mm
Height66.3 mm
WeightApprox. 1.0[1] g
Security featuresSecurity fibers, watermark, security thread, color shifting ink, micro printing, raised printing, EURion constellation
Material used75% cotton
25% linen
Years of printing1861–present
Obverse
50 USD Series 2004 Note Front.jpg
DesignUlysses S. Grant
Design date2004
Reverse
50 USD Series 2004 Note Back.jpg
DesignUnited States Capitol
Design date2004

The United States fifty-dollar bill ($50) is a denomination of United States currency. The 18th U.S. President (1869-77), Ulysses S. Grant, is featured on the obverse, while the U.S. Capitol is featured on the reverse. All current-issue $50 bills are Federal Reserve Notes.

As of December 2013, the average life of a $50 bill in circulation is 8.5 years, or approximately 102 months, before it is replaced due to wear.[2] Approximately 3.5% of all notes printed in 2019 were $50 bills.[3] They are delivered by Federal Reserve Banks in beige straps. Next to the United States two-dollar bill the fifty-dollar bill has the lowest circulation of any denomination measured by volume.[4]

History[]

Large size notes[]

(approximately 7.4218 × 3.125 in ≅ 189 × 79 mm)

1862 $50 Legal Tender note
1880 $50 Legal Tender, depicting Benjamin Franklin
1891 Silver Certificate
1914 Federal Reserve Note

Small size notes[]

(6.14 × 2.61 in ≅ 156 × 66 mm)

Series dates[]

Small size[]

Type Series Register Treasurer Seal
National Bank Note Types 1 & 2 1929 Jones Woods Brown
Federal Reserve Bank Note 1928A Jones Woods Brown
Type Series Treasurer Secretary Seal
Gold Certificate 1928 Woods Mellon Gold
Federal Reserve Note 1928 Woods Mellon Green
Federal Reserve Note 1928A Woods Mellon Green
Federal Reserve Note 1934 Julian Morgenthau Green
Federal Reserve Note 1934A Julian Morgenthau Green
Federal Reserve Note 1934B Julian Vinson Green
Federal Reserve Note 1934C Julian Snyder Green
Federal Reserve Note 1934D Clark Snyder Green
Federal Reserve Note 1950 Clark Snyder Green
Federal Reserve Note 1950A Priest Humphrey Green
Federal Reserve Note 1950B Priest Anderson Green
Federal Reserve Note 1950C Smith Dillon Green
Federal Reserve Note 1950D Granahan Dillon Green
Federal Reserve Note 1950E Granahan Fowler Green
Federal Reserve Note 1963A Granahan Fowler Green
Federal Reserve Note 1969 Elston Kennedy Green
Federal Reserve Note 1969A Kabis Connally Green
Federal Reserve Note 1969B Bañuelos Connally Green
Federal Reserve Note 1969C Bañuelos Shultz Green
Federal Reserve Note 1974 Neff Simon Green
Federal Reserve Note 1977 Morton Blumenthal Green
Federal Reserve Note 1981 Buchanan Regan Green
Federal Reserve Note 1981A Ortega Regan Green
Federal Reserve Note 1985 Ortega Baker Green
Federal Reserve Note 1988 Ortega Brady Green
Federal Reserve Note 1990 Villalpando Brady Green
Federal Reserve Note 1993 Withrow Bentsen Green
Federal Reserve Note 1996 Withrow Rubin Green
Federal Reserve Note 2001 Marin O'Neill Green
Federal Reserve Note 2004 Marin Snow Green
Federal Reserve Note 2004A Cabral Snow Green
Federal Reserve Note 2006 Cabral Paulson Green
Federal Reserve Note 2009 Rios Geithner Green
Federal Reserve Note 2013 Rios Lew Green
Federal Reserve Note 2017A Carranza Mnuchin Green

Proposals to honor Reagan[]

In 2005, a proposal to put Ronald Reagan's portrait on the $50 bill was put forward, but never went beyond the House Financial Services Committee, even though Republicans controlled the House. In 2010, North Carolina Republican Patrick McHenry introduced another bill to put Reagan's portrait on the $50 bill.[8][needs update]

References[]

  1. ^ U.S. Currency Education Program. "Weight of a US Banknote". uscurrency.gov. U.S. Currency Education Program. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  2. ^ "FRB: How long is the lifespan of U.S. paper money?".
  3. ^ {{cite web| publisher= Bureau of Engraving and Printing| title= Annual Production Reports| url= https://www.moneyfactory.gov/resources/productionannual.html }
  4. ^ {{cite web| publisher= Bureau of Engraving and Printing| title= Currency in Circulation: Volume| url= https://www.federalreserve.gov/paymentsystems/coin_currcircvolume.htm }
  5. ^ "USPaperMoney.Info: Series 1990 $50".
  6. ^ "USPaperMoney.Info: Series 1996 $50".
  7. ^ "USPaperMoney.Info: Series 2004 $50".
  8. ^ Simon, Richard (2010-03-03). "Proposal would put Ronald Reagan's face on the $50 bill". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-03-03.

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