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United States fifty dollar bill (Series 1996)

United States fifty dollar bill

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One hundred US Dollar Series 1996

Size: 155.956 x 66.294 mm
Paper type: 75% cotton, 25% linen

50 US Dollars bill obverse 50 US Dollars bill reverse

The United States fifty dollar bill ($50) Series 1996 is a denomination of United States currency. The 18th president of the United States Ulysses S. Grant is featured on the obverse, while the US Capitol is featured on the reverse.

The 1996 Series of fifty-dollar bill is the first major design change since 1929 using enlarged and off-center portrait and enlarged and updated view of the U.S. Capitol. A number of new security features (higher quality portrait of Grant, a security thread which glows yellow under ultraviolet ligh, watermark, color shifting ink, fine line printing) were added to deter counterfeiting.

The first of the Series 1996 bills were produced in July 1997. All older designs of Federal Reserve notes remain legal tender, or legally valid for payments.

Security Features:

Security features can help you to spot a fake old 50 dollar bill.

Check the paper

50 old dollar bill fibers in paper

Banknotes are printed on special paper that gives them their unique feel. See the red and blue security fibers embedded throughout the paper of genuine notes. Counterfeiters sometimes try to reproduce these by by printing tiny red and blue lines on the paper of fake bills.

Check the raised print

Run your finger across the front of the 50 dollar bill (Series 1996) and feel the unique texture. The genuine note has slightly raised ink. This is one of the oldest security fetures used to secure all US banknotes since 1862.

Color-Shifting Ink

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Tilt the note to see the numeral 50 in the lower right corner of the bill shift from black to green.


United States fifty dollar Watermark

Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of Ulysses S. Grant in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The watermark is visible from either side of the note.

Security Thread

security thread old 50 US dollar security thread old 50 US dollar

Hold the Series 1996 US 50 dollar bill to light to see an embedded thread that runs vertically to the right of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 50 in an alternating pattern and is visible along the thread from both sides of the note. The security thread glows yellow under ultraviolet light.


old 50 US Dollar Microprint old 50 US Dollar Microprint

Using a magnifying glass, look closely and see the words FIFTY repeated in the alternating spaces in the vertical side borders of the note and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in the left side of President Grant’s collar.