History of the $5 Note

Issued in 1914

Historical $5 Note Designs - Issued in 1914

The first $5 Federal Reserve note is issued. The note measures 7.375 x 3.125 inches and features a portrait of President Lincoln on the front and a vignette of Columbus in Sight of Land and the Landing of the Pilgrims on the reverse side.

Issued in 1929

Historical $5 Note Designs - Issued in 1929

The size of the note is reduced to 6.14 x 2.61 inches, and the vignette on the back is changed to feature the Lincoln Memorial.

1929-1993

Between 1929 and 1993, there were minor changes to the note’s text and the size and style of the seals.

Issued in 1993

Historical $5 Note Designs - 1993

Key security features are added to the note, including an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the Federal Reserve Bank seal and the small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

Issued in 2000

Historical $5 Note Designs - 2000

An embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait is imprinted with the text USA FIVE and a small flag in an alternating pattern is added. A faint image of President Lincoln in the blank space to the right of the portrait is also made visible from both sides of the note.

Issued in 2008

Historical $5 Note Designs - 2008-Present

A faint image of three numeral 5s is added to the left of the portrait. An embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 5 in an alternating pattern. A faint image of a large numeral 5 is visible in the blank space to the right of the portrait.