Have you ever wondered about a $1 bill?

Point to a spot on the note, and click for a description,
or click here to see the back:

Plate Position Letters and Numbers
The small capital letter and numeral appearing in the upper left corner, just below the denomination number on the bill, designate the position of the note on the 32-subject face plate from which it was printed.
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Federal Reserve District Numbers
The Federal Reserve Bank designation is repeated in the upper and lower right and left corners of the bill. The numbers and the letter indicate the Federal Reserve Bank the note is issued for, and are helpful in cases in claims made by the public for the redemption of burned or mutilated notes.
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Federal Reserve District Seal
The Federal Reserve District seal also bears the name of the issuing Federal Reserve Bank and the letter designating that Federal Reserve district.
A: BostonB: New YorkC: PhiladelphiaD: Cleveland
E: RichmondF: AtlantaG: ChicagoH: St. Louis
I: MinneapolisJ: Kansas CityK: DallasL: San Francisco

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Series Date
The series date on the face of each bill signifies the year the design of a particular note originated, or when a major revision was made to the note design. A minor revision in the design is indicated by the addition of a letter to the series year.
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Treasurer of the United States Signature
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Secretary of the Treasury Signature
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Serial Number
The serial numbers are two identical series of numbers, including a prefix and suffix letter, located in the upper right and lower left sections of the note. On some notes a "star" note may replace the suffix letters.

"Star" notes are substituted when a note is mutilated in the course of manufacture. To print another note with an identical serial number would be costly and time-consuming. A star note has an out-of-sequence serial number with a star as the final digit.
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Treasury Seal
The Treasury Seal bears the date 1789, the year of the Department's creation. The balance scales represent justice; the key, an emblem of official authority; and the chevron with 13 stars, the 13 original states. On Federal Reserve notes the seal is overprinted in green.
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Plate Serial Numbers
The small digit or series of digits in the lower right corner on the face and back of the note indicates the serial number of the plate from which a note was printed. The letter preceding this number on the face is always the same as the plate position letter in the upper left corner.
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