Large denominations of United States currency

  • The $500 bill featured a portrait of William McKinley
  • The $1,000 bill featured a portrait of Grover Cleveland
  • The $5,000 bill featured a portrait of James Madison
  • The $10,000 bill featured a portrait of Salmon P. Chase
  • The $100,000 bill featured a portrait of Woodrow Wilson

Although they are still technically legal tender in the United States, high-denomination bills were last printed in 1945 and officially discontinued on July 14, 1969, by the Federal Reserve System. The $5,000 and $10,000 effectively disappeared well before then: there are only about 200 $5,000 and 300 $10,000 bills known, of all series since 1861.

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3 Responses to Large denominations of United States currency

  1. uncle to niece geeding says:

    I was about 10 or 11 when my dad visited my school to talk for career day. Being in banking, he brought a 1000 $ bill and passed it around class. I was the coolest kid in school for about 15 minutes.

    When I got home that day, he gave me the 1000 bill and told me to get whatever I wanted at the toy store. OK…. that part’s a lie, but the first part is true.

  2. bpat says:

    I heard once that the 10,000 bill was still in use only betweeen banks. Maybe bs I have to consider the source.

  3. MToots says:

    Boy! If you hadn’t told us that paragraph #2 was a lie, I would have been REALLY on your case!! I always knew there was a disadvantage being the oldest versus the youngest. One example among many would be the shetland pony, Gay!!!
    Glad to know that Daddy helped your “image” at school for a little while!

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