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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).

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 1981A (1984-1986)Edit

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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 from 1984 to 1985.

Since the lifespan for a $5 bill was 15 months at that time, Series 1981A bills lasted in regular circulation through late 1986.

Series 1985 (1985-1990)Edit

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Production of Series 1985 $5 bills began a few months after James A. Baker III became Secretary of the Treasury. About 1 billion of these bills have been circulated as of late 1986, then 2 billion as of early 1988.

The last Series 1985 bills were made in the spring of 1989. As of late 1990, less than 1% of all $5 bills in circulation are Series 1985.

Series 1988 (1989-1991)Edit

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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 early 1989. Over 1 billion were made from 1989 to 1990.

As of late 1991, less than 1% of all $5 bills in circulation are Series 1988.

Series 1988A (1990-1996)Edit

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

The first 2 billion of these bills have been circulated as of 1992, then 3 billion by the end of 1993.

The last Series 1988A bills were made in October 1994, with a total of over 4 billion. As of mid-1996, less than 1% of all $5 bills in circulation are Series 1988A.

Series 1993 (1994-1997)Edit

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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.

The last Series 1993 bills were printed in September 1995, and as of early 1997, less than 1% of all $5 bills in circulation are Series 1993.

Series 1995 (1995-2002)Edit

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Back of the $5 bill from before 2000

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

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.

Production continued through January 2000, and by April 2001, the Series 1995 bills dropped to 50% of all $5 bills in circulation, then to less than 1% a year later, in 2002.

Series 1999 (2000-2004)Edit

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

After production ended in 2002, the Series 1999 bills dropped to less than 50% of all $5 bills by September of that year, then to less than 1% by early 2004.

Series 2001 (2002-2006)Edit

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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 2002.

These bills represented 50% of all $5 bills in circulation in fall 2002. After production ended in September 2003, prevalence of Series 2001 bills declined back down to 50% in the summer of 2005, then to less than 1% by late 2006.

Series 2003 (2003-2008)Edit

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

Production ended in November 2005, and prevalence of Series 2003 $5 bills declined back down to 50% by the end of 2006, then to less than 1% by early 2008.

Series 2003A (2006-2010)Edit

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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 in early 2006. By the end of 2006, the Series 2003A bills represented 50% of all $5 bills in circulation.

Production ended in May 2007, and prevalence of Series 2003A $5 bills declined back down to 50% in July 2008, then to less than 1% in June 2010.

Series 2006 (2007-2015)Edit

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After Henry Paulson replaced Snow in July 2006, his signature appeared on the very last $5 bills in the 2000 design, which entered circulation in mid-2007. Only more than 400 million were made, and they lasted through 2011.

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The current design of the $5 bill began circulation in March 2008, also as Series 2006. These bills represented 50% of all $5 bills by October 2008.

Production ended in June 2011, and prevalence of Series 2006 $5 bills declined back down to 50% in August 2013, then to less than 1% by late 2015.

Series 2009 (2011-2017)Edit

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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 since May 2011.

The last Series 2009 $5 bills were produced in 2013, and prevalence of these bills dropped down to less than 1% by the spring of 2017.

Series 2013 (2013-present)Edit

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Jack Lew replaced Geithner in 2013. His signature appeared on new Series 2013 $5 bills, which entered circulation in January 2014.

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

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