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The $50 bill is a Federal Reserve Note valued at 5,000 cents (equivalent to 1,000 nickels, 500 dimes, 200 quarters, 50 $1 bills, ten $5 bills, or five $10 bills). Like the $20 bill, this denomination has always been a Federal Reserve Note since 1933, when the Executive Order 6102 became law that made it illegal to possess gold.

All $50 bills have always been printed with COPE serial numbers since August 1976, but the pre-1976 conventional notes remained in circulation through at least the early 1980s.

On the front is a portrait of Ulysses S. Grant and on the back is the United States Capitol.

Pre-Series 1977

Series year First delivery date Last delivery date
1928 June 13, 1929 N/A
1928 (Gold Certificate) August 21, 1929 October 26, 1931
1928A N/A (probably 1930) December 10, 1934
1934 March 9, 1935 N/A
1934A N/A (probably 1938) N/A
1934B July 11, 1946 N/A
1934C August 12, 1947 N/A
1934D July 21, 1950 January 11, 1951
1950 February 21, 1951 August 28, 1953
1950A December 7, 1954 August 20, 1957
1950B October 14, 1957 December 8, 1960
1950C July 12, 1961 December 4, 1962
1950D July 19, 1963 August 27, 1965
1950E September 10, 1965 November 30, 1965
1963A November 8, 1966 July 1, 1969
1969 July 9, 1969 September 20, 1972
1969A August 11, 1971 August 1, 1973
1969B September 5, 1972 December 5, 1973
1969C November 2, 1972 December 11, 1974
1974 August 29, 1974 January 6, 1981
(last printed October 1979)

$50 bills are usually delivered to Federal Reserve Banks about 1-3 months after being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Series 1977

$50-H (1981)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston December 1978 – November 1981
New York August 1978 – October 1981
Philadelphia February 1979 – April 1981
Cleveland November 1978 – May 1981
Richmond January 1979 – January 1982
Atlanta December 1978 – February 1981
Chicago September 1978 – January 1982
St. Louis October 1978 – October 1981
Minneapolis February 1979 – February 1981
Kansas City January 1979 – April 1981
Dallas October 1979 – January 1982
San Francisco October 1978 – November 1981
Trivia

Signatures: Azie Taylor Morton and W. Michael Blumenthal

Series 1981

$50-B (1982) $50-G (1984) $50-L (1983)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston May 1983 – March 1984
New York February 1982 – May 1984
Philadelphia April 1982
Cleveland February 1982 – April 1984
Richmond January 1982 – January 1984
Atlanta February 1983 – March 1984
Chicago January 1982 – May 1984
St. Louis March 1983 – March 1984
Minneapolis May 1982 – October 1983
Kansas City March 1982 – October 1984
Dallas January 1982 – April 1984
San Francisco May 1982 – March 1984
Trivia

Signatures: Angela M. Buchanan and Donald T. Regan
Series 1981 bills were the first to have the standard print run of 100,000 sheets since October 1983. It was also since this time when the very first $50 bills with serial numbers ending with "B" were ever printed.

Series 1981A

$50-B (1985) $50-G (1985)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston October 1984 – February 1985
New York November 1984 – March 1985
Philadelphia N/A
Cleveland October 1984 – January 1985
Richmond October 1984 – October 1985
Atlanta October 1984
Chicago January 1985 – September 1985
St. Louis November 1984
Minneapolis February 1985
Kansas City October 1984
Dallas February 1985
San Francisco November 1984 – September 1985
Trivia

Signatures:  Katherine Davalos Ortega and Donald T. Regan
Any $50 bills from Philadelphia were Series 1981 at the latest until 1987.

Series 1985

$50-B (1987) $50-F (1986) $50-G (1986) $50-G (1987)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston October 1985 – May 1989
New York January 1986 – May 1989
Philadelphia August 1987
Cleveland November 1985 – June 1989
Richmond October 1985 – April 1989
Atlanta October 1985 – October 1986
Chicago January 1986 – March 1988
St. Louis October 1985 – February 1988
Minneapolis January 1986 – April 1989
Kansas City November 1985 – February 1988
Dallas March 1986 – April 1989
San Francisco November 1985 – January 1988
Trivia

Signatures:  Katherine Davalos Ortega and James A. Baker III
These were the last $50 bills in the 1969 design ever issued to Atlanta.

Series 1988

$50-B (1990)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston April 1990
New York March 1990 – November 1990
Philadelphia N/A
Cleveland June 1989 – July 1990
Richmond August 1990
Atlanta N/A
Chicago July 1989 – September 1990
St. Louis N/A
Minneapolis N/A
Kansas City June 1989 – August 1990
Dallas N/A
San Francisco June 1989
Trivia

Signatures:  Katherine Davalos Ortega and Nicholas F. Brady
Any $50 bills from Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Minneapolis or Dallas were Series 1985 at the latest until 1992.
This marks the last time the $50 bill remained completely unchanged.

Series 1990

$50-G (1992)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston February 1992 – December 1992
New York November 1991 – September 1993
Philadelphia March 1992 – November 1992
Cleveland March 1992 – May 1994
Richmond April 1992 – December 1992
Atlanta N/A
Chicago March 1992 – July 1993
St. Louis April 1992 – July 1993
Minneapolis March 1992 – December 1992
Kansas City May 1992 – December 1992
Dallas November 1992
San Francisco March 1992 – May 1992
Trivia

Signatures:  Catalina Vasquez Villalpando and Nicholas F. Brady
For Series 1990, microscopic printing was added around Grant's portrait on all $50 bills.
The very first $50 bills with serial numbers ending with "C" were printed in September 1993.

Series 1993

$50-A (1996) $50-B (1996) $50-G (1996) 50dollar back

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston August 1994 – June 1996
New York July 1994 – April 1997
Philadelphia N/A
Cleveland May 1994 – March 1996
Richmond June 1994 – April 1996
Atlanta N/A
Chicago June 1994 – August 1996
St. Louis July 1994
Minneapolis N/A
Kansas City October 1994 – March 1996
Dallas April 1996
San Francisco N/A
Trivia

Signatures:  Mary Ellen Withrow and Lloyd Bentsen
Any $50 bills from Philadelphia, Minneapolis or San Francisco were Series 1990 at the latest until the new design was released in 1997.
The Series 1993 $50 bills were also the last ones in the old design, and the first ones with serial numbers ending with "D" or "E", which began printing in September 1996.

Series 1996

$50-L (1999)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston September 1997 – September 1999
New York July 1997 – September 1999
Philadelphia August 1997 – August 1999
Cleveland September 1997 – August 1999
Richmond February 1998 – August 1999
Atlanta October 1997 – July 1999
Chicago August 1997 – August 1999
St. Louis December 1997 – July 1999
Minneapolis September 1997 – March 1999
Kansas City September 1997 – March 1999
Dallas April 1998 – March 1999
San Francisco September 1997 – February 1999
Trivia

Signatures:  Mary Ellen Withrow and Robert E. Rubin
Release date: October 27, 1997
This design was unveiled on June 12, 1997.
Any $50 bills with serial numbers ending with the letter "F" are always Series 1996 notes, having all been printed in September 1999, when production ended.
These were the only bills in the new design containing Withrow's signature, as there was never a Series 1999 for this denomination. As such, no new bills were printed after 1999 until 2002.

Series 2001

$50-E (2004) $50 (1997 Reverse)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston November 2002
New York October 2002 – November 2003
Philadelphia November 2002 – November 2003
Cleveland November 2002 – November 2003
Richmond November 2002 – February 2004
Atlanta November 2002 – November 2003
Chicago December 2002 – December 2003
St. Louis November 2002
Minneapolis November 2002
Kansas City December 2002
Dallas December 2002
San Francisco December 2002 – December 2003
Trivia

Signatures:  Rosario Marin and Paul O'Neill
Release dates: December 20, 2002 – April 6, 2004
These were the last $50 bills in the Series 1996 design, and also the last ones printed at the main facility in D.C.

Series 2004

$50-L (2004)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston August 2004
New York August 2004 – August 2005
Philadelphia August 2004 – January 2005
Cleveland August 2004 – December 2004
Richmond August 2004 – October 2005
Atlanta August 2004 – November 2004
Chicago March 2004 – October 2004
St. Louis August 2004 – January 2005
Minneapolis August 2004 – October 2004
Kansas City August 2004 – December 2004
Dallas July 2004 – December 2004
San Francisco July 2004 – November 2004
Trivia

Signatures:  Rosario Marin and John W. Snow
Release dates: September 28, 2004 – November 3, 2005
The current design was unveiled on April 26, 2004.
As of Series 2004, all $50 bills are now exclusively printed at the Western Currency Facility.

Series 2004A

$50-E (2006)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston September 2005
New York September 2005 – February 2007
Philadelphia N/A
Cleveland N/A
Richmond September 2005 – November 2006
Atlanta October 2006 – November 2006
Chicago October 2006
St. Louis N/A
Minneapolis N/A
Kansas City November 2006
Dallas N/A
San Francisco February 2007
Trivia

Signatures:  Anna Escobedo Cabral and John W. Snow
Release dates: October 3, 2005 – March 2, 2007
Any $50 bills from Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis or Dallas were Series 2004 notes at the latest until 2007.

Series 2006

$50-D (2009)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston March 2007 – January 2011
New York January 2007 – January 2009
Philadelphia January 2007 – January 2009
Cleveland December 2006 – January 2009
Richmond December 2006 – January 2009
Atlanta January 2009 – February 2009
Chicago February 2009 – June 2009
St. Louis December 2006
Minneapolis January 2007 – February 2009
Kansas City February 2009
Dallas January 2007 – February 2009
San Francisco March 2007 – March 2009
Trivia

Signatures:  Anna Escobedo Cabral and Henry M. Paulson Jr.
January 18, 2007 – April 7, 2009 (February 17, 2011 in one district)

Series 2009

$50-G (2011)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span
Boston October 2011 – December 2012
New York March 2011 – October 2013
Philadelphia February 2011 – November 2012
Cleveland March 2011 – November 2012
Richmond April 2011 – October 2012
Atlanta February 2011 – November 2012
Chicago February 2011 – October 2012
St. Louis October 2011 – November 2012
Minneapolis March 2011 – October 2012
Kansas City April 2011 – October 2012
Dallas April 2011 – October 2012
San Francisco April 2011 – October 2012
Trivia

Signatures:  Rosa Gumataotao Rios and Timothy F. Geithner
Release dates: March 7, 2011 – November 6, 2013

Series 2013

$50-B (2014) $50 (2004 Reverse)

Federal Reserve Bank Production span (as of July 1, 2019)
Boston April 2014 – October 2017
New York April 2014 – October 2018
Philadelphia May 2014 – November 2017
Cleveland May 2014 – November 2018
Richmond June 2014 – November 2018
Atlanta June 2014 – November 2018
Chicago June 2014 – December 2018
St. Louis July 2014 – December 2018
Minneapolis July 2014 – December 2018
Kansas City July 2014 – December 2018
Dallas July 2014 – January 2019
San Francisco July 2014 – January 2019
Trivia

Signatures:  Rosa Gumataotao Rios and Jack Lew
Release dates: May 14, 2014 – present

Japanese counterpart

1984 5000 Yen Note 1984 5000 Yen Note Back 2004 5000 Yen Note

With inflation rates on the rise, the Bank of Japan introduced the 5,000 yen note on October 1, 1957. From 1984 to 2004, all 5,000 yen notes had Nitobe Inazō on the front and Mt. Fuji, Lake Motosu and cherry blossoms on the back; as of 2007, they now have Higuchi Ichiyō on the front, and a painting of irises, a work by Ogata Kōrin on the back.

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