The first $1 notes did not have George Washington’s face printed on them. The Secretary of Treasury in 1861, Salmon P. Chase, was the face on the original $1 note. George Washington’s face was not printed on the $1 note until 1869.
The dollars in circulation today all have the same basic face and back designs since 1928, which the exception backs of the $1 and $2 denominations.
A tiny “FW” printed on the front lower right corner of any bill indicates that it was printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility. This facility is located in Forth Worth, Texas.
All paper currency in circulation today has the words: “THIS NOTE IS A LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE”. This sentence was changed seven times before it was finally edited to the wording we see today, which was first printed on the 1963 series.
The original phrase was: “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private, except duties on imports and interest on the public debt, and is exchangeable for U.S. six per cent twenty year bonds, redeemable at the pleasure of the United States after 5 years”. This phrase was printed on the larger notes printed in 1862.
Larger notes circulated until 1929, and were 3.125 inches wide by 7.4218 inches long.
Currently, all paper dollars measure 2.61 inches wide by 6.14 inches long. They are also 0.0043 inches thick.
In order to have one full pound of bills, you need 490 notes.
Interesting isn’t it? Be sure to keep reading our blog for more interesting facts about dollar bills!