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Pictures of Big Bills – $500, $1000, $5000, $10000

By Jim Wang ·
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Posted: 3 pm ET

In 1969, the Treasury Department and the Fed discontinued $500, $1000, $5000, $10000 and $100,000 bills (that bill above is real) because no one used them anymore though a new bill hadn't been printed since 1945. The bills are all legitimate legal tender and still in circulation (except the $100,000, which was only used in "fiscal channels") but most are owned by collectors. While you probably don't really ever need any of these bills, you can see pictures of them at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing website. But here, for your pleasure, I've linked to them directly.

I never knew that non-Presidents ever graced the face of "modern" US Legal Tender until today (John Marshall was a Supreme Court Justice and Salmon P. Chase was a Secretary of the Treasury) ... here are some other trivia tidbits:

  • John Marshall (1918 Blue Seal) and William McKinley (1928 Green Seal) are on the $500 bill
  • Alexander Hamilton (1918 Blue Seal) and Grover Cleveland (1928 Green Seal) are on the $1,000 bill
  • James Madison is on the $5,000 bill
  • Salmon P. Chase (Secretary of the Treasury from 1861 – 1864) is on the $10,000 bill
  • Woodrow Wilson is on the $100,000 gold certificate, which was never put into circulation.
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April 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm


April 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

how many 500 dollors were printed and how many approxaly are still around? thank you nick

vitus uchenna
April 16, 2017 at 8:14 am

Send sms and $ 1000
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Brian Woodruff
March 17, 2017 at 1:26 am

o Liza Romansky, No One Is on TWICE

$1 Washington
$5 Lincoln
$20 Andrew Jackson
$50 Grant, U.S.
$100 Ben Franklin NEVER PRESIDENT
$500 McKinley
$1000 Cleveland, Grover
$5,000 Madison
$10,000 Chase, Samuel NEVER PRESIDENT
$100,000 Wilson

Lenna Neilson
January 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

Alexander Hamilton was not a president either.

January 07, 2017 at 3:53 pm

i have some guestion i dont,know if this real or fake $10,000 that was printed in 1934 new this real the serial number is B00066903A...

Rick Desper
January 06, 2017 at 10:50 pm

Yes, Hamilton is on the $10 bill and Franklin is on the $100 bill.

Ignacio Ceja
January 04, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Thank you for your informative article. Someone recently asked me about the $1000, and I had to look it up. But you may have overlooked something. From the second paragraph, "I never knew that non-Presidents ever graced the face of "modern" US Legal Tender until today..." But Benjamin Franklin is on the $100 bill, and he wasn't a US President.

Lisa M Romanszky
January 01, 2017 at 2:10 am

I was wondering, and I apologize if this question appears to be stupid, but you listed Alexander Hamilton as being on the $1000 bill, but isn't he already on the $10 bill? Is he on both bills or am I mistaken or missing something? If anyone could let me know I'd greatly appreciate it. I know I could probably "Google" my question, however, that's a little impersonal and although I know most information is probably accurate, I don't 100% completely trust that it actually knows everything..i dunno.
Anyways looking forward to hearing a response. Thank you.

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