History of the $20 Note

Issued in 1914

Historical $20 Note Designs - Issued in 1914

The first $20 Federal Reserve note is issued. The note measures 7.375 x 3.125 inches and features a portrait of President Cleveland on the front and a vignette of Transportation on the reverse side.

Issued in 1929

Historical $20 Note Designs - Issued in 1929

The size of the note is reduced to 6.14 x 2.61 inches. The portrait on the front is changed to feature President Jackson, and the vignette on the reverse is changed to feature the White House.

1929-1990

Between 1929 and 1990, there were minor changes to some of the text and to the size and style of the seals featured on the note.

Issued in 1990

Historical $20 Note Designs - 1990

An embedded thread running vertically to the left of the Federal Reserve Bank seal is imprinted with the letters USA and the word TWENTY is visible from both sides of the note. The small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is also visible along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

Issued in 1998

Historical $20 Note Designs - 1998

An embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait is imprinted with the text USA TWENTY and a small flag is visible from both sides of the note. A faint image of President Jackson is visible in the blank space to the right of the portrait, and the numeral 20 in the lower right corner shifts from the color green to black.

Issued in 2003

Historical $20 Note Designs - 2003-Present

An embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait is imprinted with the text USA TWENTY and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. A faint image of President Jackson is visible in the blank space to the right of the portrait, and the numeral 20 in the lower right corner shifts from the color copper to green.