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$1 Note

Issued 1963 - Present

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The first $1 Federal Reserve notes were issued in 1963.  The design, featuring George Washington on the face and the Great Seal on the back, has not changed.

The first $1 notes (called United States Notes or "Legal Tenders") were issued by the federal government in 1862 and featured a portrait of Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase (1861-1864).

The first use of George Washington's portrait on the $1 note was on Series 1869 United States Notes.

If you had 10 billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would require 317 years for you to go broke.

Because the $1 note is infrequently counterfeited, the government has no plans to redesign this note.  In addition, there is a recurring provision in Section 116 of the annual Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that prohibits the redesign of the $1 note.

$1 Note

All U.S. currency remains legal tender, regardless of when it was issued.