About Federal Reserve Notes - Small ($1-$2)
Small-size Federal Reserve notes are the most familiar type of United States paper currency, as these bills are still issued today. However, the most modern of these notes contain high-tech security features that were but the stuff of science fiction in the mid 20th century when these small-size notes were first issued.
Small-size Federal Reserve notes are the sole type of paper currency presently issued by the United States government. However, the production lineup has changed significantly since the first of the Federal Reserve notes were issued under the Series of 1928. Over the course of time since the late 1920s, notes ranging in denominational values of $1 to $10,000 were printed, though today only $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes are made.
The appearance of small-size Federal Reserve notes remained relatively unchanged in their overall format until the mid 1990s, when the United States government began implementing advanced security features on paper currency. With the Series of 1996, the $20, $50, and $100 bills sported larger portraits, enhanced watermarks, and color-shifting (black and green) ink. Similar changes were made to the $5 and $10 under the Series of 1999. Further security enhancements have been made to these notes in the years since.
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