THE faces on the dollar bills have been a staple for decades – but who exactly is on each one?
US currency has a history dating back more than 240 years consisting of the first money ever printed, the Series United States Notes and the official Federal Reserve now on offer.
In 1861, to fund the Civil War, Congress sanctioned the issuance of paper money known as demand notes—which began with the distribution of $5, $10, and $20 bills.
Which presidents are on the dollar bills?
The US Treasury Department has the final say on whose face goes on each bill, and it is chosen carefully.
According to the UST, a person must be well known in American history, not alive, and exhibit “enduring familiarity in the mind of the public” to be considered for a spot on a US bill.
The faces on every US bill in circulation are five US Presidents and two Founding Fathers – all men.
The one dollar bill features George Washington, the first President of the United States.
Washington’s face was first printed on a United States $1 bill in 1869.
The Federal Reserve’s first $1 bill was issued in 1963 with more security features to prevent counterfeit bills and has remained the same design ever since.
There was another face on the $1 Legal Tender seven years before Washington and that was Treasury Secretary Salmon P Chase in 1862.
The two dollar bill features Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.
Jefferson’s face has appeared on the United States $2 bill since 1869.
A Federal Reserve $2 bill was introduced in 1976 and has had the same design ever since.
The first person on the $2 Legal Tenders was Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary and founding father from 1862.
The five dollar bill features Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President.
Abraham’s face has appeared on the United States $5 bill since 1862, when legal tender was first created, but has been redesigned several times.
The ten dollar bill currently bears Hamilton’s face and has done so since 1929.
The Federal Reserve’s first $10 bill was created in 1914 with a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the seventh US President.
Jackson’s face is featured on the $20 bill and has been featured since 1929 after it was removed from the $10 bill.
The first $20 Federal Reserve was created in 1914 by President Grover Cleveland.
The $50 bill features Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th US President.
It was first issued as a Federal Reserve in 1914 and Grant has been with it ever since.
Benjamin Franklin, the Founding Father of the United States, is currently featured on the $100 bill.
It was first issued as a Federal Reserve in 1914 and Franklin has been with it ever since.
Franklin proposed a universal paper currency in 1765 and began printing some form of money in 1728.
In 2016, the Treasury Department announced it would dump Jackson on the back of the $20 bill and replace him with the face of Harriet Tubman, the late African-American activist and formerly enslaved woman.
Tubman will be the first woman to ever appear on a US bill.
Some US currencies, including certain pennies with special features, can be worth up to millions.
Coin collectors are in luck too, as some of their hundred-year-old coins are worth more than $35,000.
Which presidents appear on US coins?
Lincoln is on the rise after first appearing on the face of the one cent coin in 1909 – 44 years after his assassination.
President Jefferson has graced the face of the nickel since 1938.
Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt is the famous face on the obverse of the US 10 cent coin.
President Washington has graced the front of the neighborhood since 1932 to commemorate his 200th birthday.
President John F. Kennedy is on the half dollar.
Immediately after his assassination, Mint Director Eva Adams spoke to Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts about depicting Kennedy on a coin.
His wife and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy chose the half dollar to commemorate her husband.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower is featured on the one dollar coin.
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