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The $5 bill is a Federal Reserve Note valued at 500 cents (equivalent to 100 nickels, 50 dimes, 20 quarters, or five $1 bills). Unlike all the other denominations, this bill came in three different versions: as a Federal Reserve Note, a United States Note (both introduced in 1929), or a Silver Certificate (introduced in 1934). The Silver Certificates ended in 1964, and so did the United States Notes in 1967, leaving behind just the Federal Reserve Notes continuing on as of Series 1963A.

$5 bills with serial numbers printed by COPE began in 1976, and by late 1978, virtually all $5 bills in circulation now had COPE serials.

On the front is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln (the 16th president of the United States of America), and on the back is the Lincoln Memorial.

Pre-Series 1977

Type of currency Series year First delivery date Last delivery date
Federal Reserve Note 1928 April 30, 1928 N/A
Federal Reserve Note 1928A–1928B January 18, 1929 N/A
United States Note 1928 May 27, 1929 N/A
United States Note 1928A January 8, 1931 N/A
Federal Reserve Note 1928C February 13, 1932 N/A
Federal Reserve Note 1928D March 5, 1933 May 31, 1933
United States Note 1928B June 19, 1934 N/A
Silver Certificate 1934 July 20, 1934 N/A
Federal Reserve Note 1934 November 2, 1934 N/A
Silver Certificate 1934A January 27, 1938 N/A
United States Note 1928C N/A (probably 1938) N/A
Federal Reserve Note 1934A N/A (probably 1938) N/A
Federal Reserve Note 1934B November 19, 1945 N/A
Silver Certificate 1934B February 6, 1946 N/A
United States Note 1928D March 11, 1946 N/A
United States Note 1928E September 20, 1946 N/A
Federal Reserve Note 1934C September 30, 1946 N/A
Silver Certificate 1934C December 19, 1946 N/A
Silver Certificate 1934D October 25, 1949 October 1, 1953
Federal Reserve Note 1934D January 3, 1950 January 31, 1951
United States Note 1928F March 21, 1950 April 27, 1953
Federal Reserve Note 1950 November 7, 1950 September 1, 1953
United States Note 1953 May 6, 1953 August 28, 1957
Silver Certificate 1953 May 12, 1953 August 21, 1957
Federal Reserve Note 1950A July 14, 1953 September 10, 1957
Federal Reserve Note 1950B September 25, 1957 June 14, 1961
Silver Certificate 1953A December 9, 1957 March 17, 1961
United States Note 1953A February 10, 1958 January 13, 1961
Federal Reserve Note 1950C March 3, 1961 March 13, 1963
Silver Certificate 1953B March 28, 1961 April 25, 1962
United States Note 1953B October 5, 1961 February 25, 1963
Federal Reserve Note 1950D January 5, 1963 August 31, 1965
United States Note 1953C February 26, 1963 November 8, 1963
Silver Certificate 1953C November 12, 1963 August 31, 1964
United States Note 1963 March 2, 1964 November 27, 1967
Federal Reserve Note 1963 September 16, 1964 July 15, 1965
1963A June 7, 1965 September 9, 1969
1950E September 9, 1965 July 26, 1967
1969 August 4, 1969 November 10, 1971
1969A June 28, 1971 May 2, 1973
1969B May 12, 1972 October 17, 1973
1969C October 24, 1972 December 10, 1974
1974 September 27, 1974 April 12, 1978

$5 bills are usually delivered to Federal Reserve Banks about 1-3 months after being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Series 1977 and 1977A

$5 (1979) $5-B (1981) $5-C (1981)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston January 1978 – January 1980 (Series 1977)
April 1980 – June 1981 (Series 1977A)
New York October 1977 – January 1980 (Series 1977)
March 1980 – October 1981 (Series 1977A)
Philadelphia December 1977 – November 1979 (Series 1977)
March 1980 – September 1981 (Series 1977A)
Cleveland November 1977 – February 1980 (Series 1977)
February 1980 – October 1981 (Series 1977A)
Richmond February 1978 – January 1980 (Series 1977)
May 1980 – August 1981 (Series 1977A)
Atlanta November 1977 – September 1979 (Series 1977)
April 1980 – September 1981 (Series 1977A)
Chicago October 1977 – April 1980 (Series 1977)
April 1980 – September 1981 (Series 1977A)
St. Louis October 1977 – February 1980 (Series 1977)
March 1980 – October 1981 (Series 1977A)
Minneapolis January 1978 – December 1979 (Series 1977)
February 1981 (Series 1977A)
Kansas City October 1977 – December 1979 (Series 1977)
February 1980 – July 1981 (Series 1977A)
Dallas December 1977 – November 1979 (Series 1977)
March 1980 – September 1981 (Series 1977A)
San Francisco October 1977 – February 1980 (Series 1977)
February 1980 – September 1981 (Series 1977A)
Trivia
  • Signatures: Azie Taylor Morton and W. Michael Blumenthal (Series 1977)
  • Azie Taylor Morton and G. William Miller (Series 1977A)
  • These notes remained common until 1983, when the lifespan of a typical $5 bill was 15 months.
  • Up to the Series 1995 notes, approximately 2.2 million new $5 bills were released to circulation per day.

Series 1981

$5-L (1982)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston November 1981 – March 1984
New York October 1981 – May 1984
Philadelphia February 1982 – February 1984
Cleveland October 1981 – April 1984
Richmond December 1981 – March 1984
Atlanta November 1981 – March 1984
Chicago November 1981 – January 1984
St. Louis April 1982 – March 1984
Minneapolis May 1982 – October 1983
Kansas City October 1981 – February 1984
Dallas November 1981 – April 1984
San Francisco November 1981 – March 1984
Trivia
  • Signatures: Angela M. Buchanan and Donald T. Regan
  • Series 1981 bills were the first to have the standard print run of 100,000 sheets since October 1983.
  • These notes were very common until 1985.

Series 1981A

$5-J (1984) $5-L (1984)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston June 1984 – April 1985
New York April 1984 – May 1985
Philadelphia June 1984 – January 1985
Cleveland June 1984 – April 1985
Richmond May 1984 – April 1985
Atlanta May 1984 – May 1985
Chicago April 1984 – May 1985
St. Louis September 1984 – March 1985
Minneapolis August 1984 – February 1985
Kansas City May 1984 – April 1985
Dallas September 1984 – May 1985
San Francisco May 1984 – May 1985
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Katherine Davalos Ortega and Donald T. Regan
  • These notes were very common until late 1986.

Series 1985

$5-F (1988) $5-K (1987)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston June 1985 – January 1989
New York May 1985 – March 1989
Philadelphia June 1985 – March 1989
Cleveland July 1985 – January 1989
Richmond June 1985 – February 1989
Atlanta June 1985 – January 1989
Chicago May 1985 – December 1988
St. Louis October 1985 – November 1988
Minneapolis January 1986 – May 1988
Kansas City November 1985 – October 1988
Dallas July 1985 – October 1988
San Francisco July 1985 – February 1989
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Katherine Davalos Ortega and James A. Baker III
  • Quantity of notes in production decreased in 1987.
  • Anything printed since April 1987 was very common until after 1988.
  • The first COPE-printed $5 bills with serial numbers ending with "E" were printed in September 1988.
  • Anything printed since May 1988 was very common until after 1989.
  • All Series 1985 $5 bills became rare by late 1990.

Series 1988

$5-C (1989) $5-L (1989)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston May 1989 – October 1989
New York March 1989 – February 1990
Philadelphia March 1989 – October 1989
Cleveland May 1989 – April 1990
Richmond July 1989 – June 1990
Atlanta April 1989 – June 1990
Chicago March 1989 – September 1989
St. Louis March 1990
Minneapolis April 1989
Kansas City November 1989
Dallas April 1989 – February 1990
San Francisco June 1989 – August 1989
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Katherine Davalos Ortega and Nicholas F. Brady
  • Series 1988 bills were the first to have the standard print run of 200,000 sheets since November 1989.
  • At least 900 million $5 bills were Series 1988 at the latest by the end of 1990.
  • Anything printed since January 1990 was very common until August 1991.
  • By December 1991, all Series 1988 $5 bills became rare.

Series 1988A

$5-C (1992) $5-D (1994) $5-G (1991)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston August 1991 – May 1994
New York January 1991 – December 1993
Philadelphia July 1991 – September 1994
Cleveland August 1991 – October 1994
Richmond August 1991 – April 1994
Atlanta May 1991 – August 1994
Chicago July 1990 – October 1994
St. Louis February 1991 – September 1994
Minneapolis August 1990 – January 1994
Kansas City March 1991 – April 1994
Dallas January 1991 – January 1994
San Francisco August 1990 – August 1994
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Catalina Vasquez Villalpando and Nicholas F. Brady
  • Anything printed since January 1991 was very common until April 1992.
  • The Western Currency Facility began printing $5 bills in July 1992.
  • Anything printed since December 1991 was very common until late 1993.
  • Notes printed from July 1992 to May 1993 were very common until March 1994.
  • The very first $5 bills with serial numbers ending with "G" or "H" were printed from November 1993 to October 1994.
  • Notes printed since September 1993 were very common until May 1995.
  • All Series 1988A $5 bills became rare by July 1996.

Series 1993

$5-B (1995) $5-E (1995) $5-H (1995) $5-L (1995)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston December 1994
New York November 1994 – May 1995
Philadelphia January 1995
Cleveland N/A
Richmond May 1995 – June 1995
Atlanta May 1995
Chicago March 1995 – January 1996
St. Louis December 1994 – February 1995
Minneapolis April 1995
Kansas City April 1995
Dallas May 1995 – June 1995
San Francisco July 1995 – September 1995
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Mary Ellen Withrow and Lloyd Bentsen
  • For Series 1993, microscopic printing was added around Lincoln's portrait on all $5 bills.
  • Because Cleveland received no Series 1993 $5 bills, the latest in circulation were Series 1988A (printed in May and October 1994) until mid-1996.
  • Series 1993 $5 bills became rarer to find starting in August 1996, then became rare by early 1997.

Series 1995

$5-C (1999) $5-E (1996) $5-F (1995) $5-L (1998) 5dollar back1

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston September 1995 – October 1998
New York November 1995 – December 1998
Philadelphia January 1996 – December 1998
Cleveland May 1996 – March 1999
Richmond July 1995 – March 1999
Atlanta June 1995 – November 1999
Chicago December 1995 – January 2000
St. Louis September 1995 – August 1999
Minneapolis March 1996 – July 1999
Kansas City September 1996 – September 1999
Dallas November 1995 – September 1999
San Francisco June 1996 – December 1999
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Mary Ellen Withrow and Robert E. Rubin
  • This marks the last time the $5 bills are in this design.
  • None of the $5 bills labeled as "Series 1995" that were printed in September 1995 were released to circulation, thus deducting 76,800,000 notes from the annual production data.
  • As of February 1997, virtually all $5 bills in circulation were Series 1995 notes.
  • Notes printed from September 1997 to May 1998 were very common until mid-1999.
  • All Series 1995 $5 bills printed since October 1998 remained very common until April 30, 2001. Since then, the lifespan of a $5 bill increased to about two years.

Series 1999

$5-A (2000) $5-B (2000) $5-F (2000) $5-L (2001)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston July 2000 – February 2002
New York July 2000 – February 2002
Philadelphia September 2000 – February 2002
Cleveland September 2000 – January 2001
Richmond December 1999 – January 2002
Atlanta December 1999 – February 2003
Chicago May 2000 – March 2004
St. Louis July 2000
Minneapolis October 2000
Kansas City May 2000 – June 2002
Dallas April 2000 – June 2002
San Francisco April 2000 – May 2001
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Mary Ellen Withrow and Lawrence H. Summers
  • Release date: May 24, 2000
  • This design was unveiled on November 16, 1999.
  • From Series 1999 to early Series 2006, approximately 2.4 million new $5 bills were released to circulation per day.
  • Even the oldest Series 1999 $5 bills were still commonly in circulation until May 31, 2002.
  • After September 2000, production of all $5 bills remained exclusively at the Western Currency Facility until March 2005.

Series 2001

$5-C (2002) $5-F (2003) $5-L (2002)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston March 2002 – October 2002
New York March 2002 – November 2002
Philadelphia March 2002 – November 2002
Cleveland April 2002 – December 2002
Richmond December 2002 – January 2003
Atlanta March 2002 – March 2003
Chicago May 2002 – August 2003
St. Louis May 2002 – July 2003
Minneapolis May 2002 – July 2003
Kansas City June 2002 – September 2003
Dallas July 2002 – March 2003
San Francisco August 2002 – December 2005
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Rosario Marin and Paul O'Neill
  • The last Series 2001 bills were released on October 12, 2003.
  • Even the oldest Series 2001 $5 bills were still commonly in circulation until April 30, 2004.
  • Very commonly seen in circulation until 2006.

Series 2003

$5-F (2004) $5-L (2005)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston August 2004 – July 2005
New York July 2004 – August 2005
Philadelphia July 2004 – April 2007
Cleveland June 2004 – July 2005
Richmond May 2004 – July 2005
Atlanta April 2004 – June 2005
Chicago March 2004 – May 2005
St. Louis February 2004 – March 2005
Minneapolis January 2004 – March 2005
Kansas City February 2004 – January 2005
Dallas December 2003 – April 2005
San Francisco October 2003 – October 2006
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Rosario Marin and John W. Snow
  • Release dates: December 13, 2003 – December 6, 2005
  • Even the oldest Series 2003 $5 bills were still commonly in circulation until November 30, 2006.
  • The last notes were very commonly seen in circulation until early 2008.

Series 2003A

$5-B (2006) $5-C (2007)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston January 2006 – January 2007
New York February 2006 – January 2007
Philadelphia March 2006 – April 2007
Cleveland March 2006 – February 2007
Richmond April 2006 – March 2007
Atlanta May 2006 – August 2007
Chicago June 2006 – May 2007
St. Louis July 2006 – April 2007
Minneapolis August 2006
Kansas City August 2006 – March 2007
Dallas September 2006 – February 2007
San Francisco December 2005 – November 2006
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Anna Escobedo Cabral and John W. Snow
  • Release dates: January 13, 2006 – June 4, 2007
  • Even the oldest Series 2003A $5 bills were still commonly in circulation until early December 2007.
  • The last notes were very commonly seen in circulation until 2011.
  • Production of all $5 bills remained exclusively at the Western Currency Facility until September 2012.

Series 2006

$5-F (2007) $5 (2003 Reverse)
$5-A (2008) $5-B (2008)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston October 2007 – March 2011
New York December 2007 – April 2011
Philadelphia February 2008 – February 2011
Cleveland March 2008 – April 2011
Richmond April 2008 – September 2011
Atlanta June 2007 – October 2007 (2000 design)
May 2008 – April 2011
Chicago May 2007 (2000 design)
June 2008 – July 2010
St. Louis July 2008 – April 2010
Minneapolis May 2007 (2000 design)
July 2008 – June 2011
Kansas City August 2008 – April 2009
Dallas August 2008 – March 2009
San Francisco August 2008 – January 2011
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Anna Escobedo Cabral and Henry M. Paulson Jr.
  • Release dates: June 4 – November 8, 2007 (2000 design), March 13, 2008 – July 18, 2011 (2007 design)
  • The current design was unveiled on September 20, 2007.
  • After circulation began on March 13, 2008, approximately 1.9 million new $5 bills were released to circulation per day.
  • The lifespan of a $5 bill increased to three years sometime in the 2010s.
  • The old design's Series 2006 notes were very commonly seen in circulation until late 2011, while the new design's Series 2006 notes very commonly circulated until 2015.

Series 2009

$5-A (2013) $5-L (2011)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston December 2011 – April 2013
New York September 2011 – May 2013
Philadelphia December 2011 – May 2013
Cleveland August 2012 – June 2013
Richmond October 2011 – July 2013
Atlanta May 2011 – July 2013
Chicago May 2011 – November 2011
St. Louis May 2011 – November 2011
Minneapolis November 2011
Kansas City May 2011 – November 2011
Dallas June 2011 – August 2013
San Francisco May 2011 – November 2011
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Rosa Gumataotao Rios and Timothy F. Geithner
  • Release dates: June 20, 2011 – September 10, 2013
  • The first 6.4 million New York district notes, printed in September 2011, were not released to circulation.
  • In March 2013, production of all $5 bills (except those printed in August 2013) reverted back to the main facility in D.C.
  • Even the oldest Series 2003 $5 bills were still commonly in circulation until September 30, 2015.

Series 2013

$5-H (2013) $5 (2008 Reverse)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span (as of July 1, 2019)
Boston October 2013 – October 2018
New York February 2014 – October 2018
Philadelphia April 2014 – November 2018
Cleveland August 2014 – December 2018
Richmond March 2014 – January 2019
Atlanta August 2013 – January 2019
Chicago July 2013 – May 2018
St. Louis August 2013 – January 2019
Minneapolis August 2013 – February 2018
Kansas City September 2013 – September 2018
Dallas September 2013 – May 2018
San Francisco September 2013 – July 2018
Trivia
  • Signatures:  Rosa Gumataotao Rios and Jack Lew
  • Release dates: October 2, 2013 – present
  • As of July 2017, virtually all $5 bills in circulation are Series 2013 notes.
  • The very first $5 bills with serial numbers ending with letters that come after "H" (starting with I) were released in late 2017.
  • The last Series 2013 notes were printed in September 2019, before the $5 bill transitioned to Series 2017A. This is also the last time $5 bills were printed in 32-subject sheets.

Total in circulation by month

Note: Usually, it's about two months after the days when they were printed.

1990-1999

Month Series 1985 Series 1988 Series 1988A Series 1993 Series 1995
January 1990
February 1990
March 1990
April 1990
May 1990
June 1990
July 1990
August 1990
September 1990
October 1990
November 1990
December 1990
January 1991
February 1991
March 1991
April 1991
May 1991
June 1991
July 1991
August 1991
September 1991
October 1991
November 1991
December 1991
January 1992
February 1992
June 1992
December 1992
June 1993
December 1993
March 1994
June 1994
July 1994
August 1994
September 1994
October 1994
November 1994
December 1994
January 1995
February 1995
March 1995
April 1995
May 1995
June 1995
July 1995
August 1995
September 1995
October 1995
November 1995
December 1995
January 1996
February 1996
March 1996
April 1996
May 1996
June 1996
July 1996
August 1996
September 1996
October 1996
November 1996
December 1996
January 1997
December 1997
April 1998
August 1998
December 1998
March 1999
June 1999
September 1999
December 1999

2000-2009

Month Series 1995 Series 1999 Series 2001 Series 2003 Series 2003A Series 2006
January 2000
February 2000
March 2000
April 2000
May 2000
June 2000
July 2000
August 2000
September 2000
October 2000
November 2000
December 2000
January 2001
February 2001
March 2001
April 2001
May 2001
June 2001
July 2001
August 2001
September 2001
October 2001
November 2001
December 2001
January 2002
February 2002
June 2002
December 2002
June 2003
December 2003
March 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
December 2007
April 2008
August 2008
December 2008
March 2009
June 2009
September 2009
December 2009

2010-2019

Month Series 2003A Series 2006 Series 2009 Series 2013
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
October 2011
November 2011
December 2011
January 2012
February 2012
June 2012
December 2012
June 2013
December 2013
March 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015
January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017
December 2017
April 2018
August 2018
December 2018
March 2019
June 2019
September 2019
December 2019

Japanese counterpart

500 Yen Note 500 Yen Note (Back)

From April 2, 1951 to March 31, 1994, there were Japanese 500 yen notes in circulation. On the front was a portrait of Iwakura Tomomi, and on the back, Mt. Fuji.

The design of the 500 yen note shown above dates back to November 1, 1969.

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