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The $5 bill is a Federal Reserve Note valued at 500 cents (equivalent to 100 nickels, 50 dimes, 20 quarters, or five $1 bills). Unlike all the other denominations, this bill came in three different versions: as a Federal Reserve Note, a United States Note (both introduced in 1929), or a Silver Certificate (introduced in 1934). The Silver Certificates ended in 1964, and so did the United States Notes in 1967, leaving behind just the Federal Reserve Notes continuing on as of Series 1963A.

On the front is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln (the 16th president of the United States of America), and on the back is the Lincoln Memorial.

Series 1977A and 1981

$5-C (1981) $5-L (1982)

At the beginning of the 1980s, all $5 bills in circulation were up to Series 1977A, of which a total of almost 800 million were produced, and remained in circulation through 1983. Production of Series 1981 bills began in late 1981, and continued through 1984.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1977A, printed in earlier 1981 1981–1982
Series 1977A and 1981, printed in late 1981 1981–1983
Series 1981, printed in earlier 1982 1982–1983
Series 1981, printed in late 1982 1982–1984
Series 1981, printed in earlier 1983 1983–1984
Series 1981, printed in late 1983 1983–1985
Series 1981, printed 1984 1984–1985

Series 1981A

$5-J (1984) $5-L (1984)

Series 1981A $5 bills began production in April 1984, seven months after Katherine D. Ortega became the next Treasurer of the United States. Over 800 million were made.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1981A, printed in earlier 1984 1984–1985
Series 1981A, printed in late 1984 1984–1986
Series 1981A, printed in 1985 1985–1986

Series 1985

$5-K (1987)

Production of Series 1985 $5 bills began a few months after James A. Baker III became Secretary of the Treasury. Circulation began in September or October 1985, like the $1 bill.

The last Series 1985 bills were made in the spring of 1989.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1985, printed in earlier 1985 1985–1986
Series 1985, printed in late 1985 1985–1987
Series 1985, printed in earlier 1986 1986–1987
Series 1985, printed in late 1986 1986–1988
Series 1985, printed in earlier 1987 1987–1988
Series 1985, printed in late 1987 1987–1989
Series 1985, printed in earlier 1988 1988–1989
Series 1985, printed in late 1988 1988–1990
Series 1985, printed in 1989 1989–1990

Series 1988

$5-C (1989) $5-L (1989)

During Katherine D. Ortega's last year as Treasurer of the United States and Nicholas F. Brady's first year as Secretary of the Treasury, the $5 bill became a Series 1988. Circulation of these bills began in mid-1989. Over 1 billion were made from 1989 to 1990.

As of January 1, 1991, all Series 1988 $5 bills printed from June 1989 (except those from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco) to June 1990 remained in circulation.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1988, printed from March–June 1989 1989–1990
Series 1988, printed from July–December 1989 1989–1991
Series 1988, printed in 1990 1990–1991

Series 1988A

$5-G (1991) $5-C (1992)

Like the $1 bill, the $5 bill began printing Series 1988A bills in 1990, replacing the Series 1988 bills. Circulation began in October 1990. As of late 1991, at least 99% of all $5 bills were Series 1988A.

Fort Worth, Texas began production of $5 bills in July 1992.

The last Series 1988A bills were made in October 1994, with a total of over 4 billion.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1988A, printed in most of 1990 1990–1991
Series 1988A, printed from January–July 1991 1991–1992
Series 1988A, printed from August–December 1991 1991–1993
Series 1988A, printed in 1992 1992–1994
Series 1988A, printed from January–February 1993 1993–1994
Series 1988A, printed from March–December 1993 1993–1995
Series 1988A, printed from January–July 1994 1994–1995
Series 1988A, printed from August–October 1994 1994–1996

Series 1993

$5-B (1995) $5-L (1995)

Late in 1994, microscopic printing was added around Lincoln's portrait on all newer $5 bills, before they were officially circulated in early 1995 as Series 1993. These bills were short-lived, as a total of only more than 700 million were made from 11 Federal Reserve Banks.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1993, printed in 1994 1994–1996
Series 1993, printed from January–August 1995 1995–1996
Series 1993, printed in September 1995 1995–1997

Series 1995

$5-F (1995) $5-C (1999) 5dollar back1

In late summer to fall 1995, after Robert Rubin replaced Bentsen as Secretary of the Treasury, production of new Series 1995 $5 bills began, and circulation began in January 1996.

Halfway through 1996, these bills represented 50% of all $5 bills in circulation, and by early 1997, at least 99% of all $5 bills were officially Series 1995.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1995, printed from May–August 1995 1995–1996
Series 1995, printed from September–December 1995 1995–1997
Series 1995, printed from January–July 1996 1996–1997
Series 1995, printed from August–December 1996 1996–1998
Series 1995, printed in January 1997 1997–1998
Series 1995, printed from February–September 1997 1997–1999
Series 1995, printed from October–December 1997 1997–2000
Series 1995, printed from January–March 1998 1998–2000
Series 1995, printed from April–December 1998 1998–2001
Series 1995, printed from January–April 1999 1999–2001
Series 1995, printed from May–December 1999 1999–2002
Series 1995, printed in January 2000 2000–2002

Series 1999

$5-B (2000)

Lawrence H. Summers replaced Rubin as Secretary of the Treasury in July 1999. Months later, his signature appeared on new Series 1999 $5 bills, which were redesigned to combat evolving counterfeiting. The bills entered circulation on May 24, 2000, following the last of the Series 1995 bills printed in January 2000.

By 2001, almost one year into circulation, the Series 1999 bills represented 50% of all $5 bills.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1999, printed in 2000 2000–2002
Series 1999, printed from January–April 2001 2001–2002
Series 1999, printed from May–November 2001 2001–2003
Series 1999, printed from December 2001–January 2002 2002–2003
Series 1999, printed from February–June 2002 2002–2004

Series 2001

$5-C (2002)

After Paul H. O'Neill replaced Summers as Secretary of the Treasury in January 2001 and Rosario Marin replaced Withrow as Treasurer of the United States seven months later, production of Series 2001 $5 bills began in March 2002, with circulation beginning in mid-2002.

Production ended in September 2003, and the last releases to circulation occurred on October 12, 2003.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2001, printed from March–April 2002 2002–2004
Series 2001, printed from May–July 2002 2002–2005
Series 2001, printed from August–November 2002 2002–2006
Series 2001, printed from December 2002–September 2003 2003–2006

Series 2003

$5-L (2005)

John W. Snow succeeded O'Neill in February 2003. His signature appeared on new Series 2003 $5 bills, which began production in October 2003, followed by a release to circulation on December 13, 2003. By July 2005, these bills represented 50% of all $5 bills in circulation.

Production ended in November 2005, and the last bills were released on December 6, 2005. Star Notes continued through April 2007.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2003, printed from October–November 2003 2003–2006
Series 2003, printed from December 2003–February 2004 2004–2006
Series 2003, printed from March–November 2004 2004–2007
Series 2003, printed from December 2004–November 2005 2005–2007

Series 2003A

$5-B (2006)

Anna Escobedo Cabral succeeded Marin as Treasurer of the United States in 2005. Her signature appeared on new Series 2003A $5 bills, which entered circulation on January 13, 2006. By the end of 2006, the Series 2003A bills represented 50% of all $5 bills in circulation.

Production ended in May 2007 with circulation of the last bills commencing on June 4, 2007.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2003A, printed from December 2005–November 2006 2006–2008
Series 2003A, printed from December 2006–January 2007 2007–2008
Series 2003A, printed from February–March 2007 2007–2009
Series 2003A, printed from March–April 2007 2007–2010
Series 2003A, printed in May 2007 2007–2011

Series 2006

$5-F (2007) $5-B (2008)

After Henry Paulson replaced Snow in July 2006, his signature appeared on the very last $5 bills in the 2000 design, which entered circulation on June 4, 2007. Only more than 400 million were made, the last ones released on November 8, 2007.

The current design of the $5 bill was unveiled on September 20, 2007, and the new design began circulation on March 13, 2008 (although the first BEP report was published on December 21, 2007), also as Series 2006. These bills represented 50% of all $5 bills by October 2008.

The last bills were released on July 18, 2011.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2006, printed from May–October 2007 2007–2011
Series 2006, printed from November 2007–June 2008 2008–2012
Series 2006, printed from July–September 2008 2008–2013
Series 2006, printed from October–November 2008 2008–2014
Series 2006, printed from December 2008–November 2009 2009–2014
Series 2006, printed from December 2009–March 2010 2010–2014
Series 2006, printed from April–November 2010 2010–2015
Series 2006, printed from December 2010–June 2011 2011–2015

Series 2009

$5-L (2011)

In 2009, Timothy Geithner became the next Secretary of the Treasury, and Rosa Gumataotao Rios, the next Treasurer of the United States. Their signatures appeared on new Series 2009 $5 bills, printed since May 2011, with circulation beginning on June 20, 2011.

The Washington D.C. Facility continued production of $5 bills in April 2013, eventually completely replacing the Western Currency Facility's frequent work.

The last Series 2009 $5 bills were released on September 10, 2013.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2009, printed from May–June 2011 2011–2015
Series 2009, printed from July–August 2011 2011–2016
Series 2009, printed from September 2011–August 2012 2012–2016
Series 2009, printed in September 2012 2012–2017
Series 2009, printed from October 2012–August 2013 2013–2017

Series 2013

$5-H (2013)

Jack Lew replaced Geithner in 2013. His signature appeared on new Series 2013 $5 bills, which entered circulation on October 2, 2013.

As of August 2015, more than half of all $5 bills are Series 2013, and as of July 2017, at least 99% of all $5 bills are Series 2013.

As of May 21, 2018, Series 2013 $5 bills continue production as the current bills today.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2013, printed from July–November 2013 2013–2017
Series 2013, printed from December 2013–April 2014 2014–2017
Series 2013, printed from May–September 2014 2014–2018
Series 2013, printed in October 2014 2014–present
Series 2013, printed from November 2014–November 2015 2015–present
Series 2013, printed from December 2015–November 2016 2016–present
Series 2013, printed from December 2016–October 2017 2017–present
Series 2013, printed since November 2017 2018–present