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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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