What are the different U.S. currency denominations in circulation?


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As of 2015, the denominations in circulation are $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Although they are more rarely used, $2 bills are also issued by the Federal Reserve and are still in circulation.

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$500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills were also distributed until July 14, 1969, when improvements in bank transfer payment technologies meant such large denominations were no longer necessary. These notes may still be used like any other U.S. currency; however, they are removed from circulation and destroyed when received by the Federal Reserve Banks. There is a common misconception that the $2 bill has been removed from circulation. This is not the case, although the Federal Reserve System requests printing of the $2 bill less often than other denominations.

The largest denomination ever printed was a $100,000 bill featuring the portrait of President Woodrow Wilson. This bill was only used for a short time during the Great Depression for official transactions between Federal Reserve Banks and was never used by the general public.

All but two currently produced U.S. bills feature presidents on the front of the note. The exceptions are the $10 bill, which depicts Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, and the $100 bill, which features the famous Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin.

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