A standard 1953 U.S. five dollar bill was worth anywhere from $6 to $80 in 2014, according to CoinSite. AntiqueMoney.com states that determining factors include the bill's rarity, condition and serial numbers, while Old Currency Values reveals that seal color and whether it has been circulated add or detract value.
Five dollar bills in 1953 were printed with either blue or red seals, with each one having its own value criteria. According to Old Currency Values, as of 2014 an uncirculated five dollar red seal star note is worth from $15 to $100. CoinSite values the blue seal notes from the 1953A series at $5 to $8 in average condition, $15 when uncirculated and from $20 to $30 for an uncirculated blue star note. However, a blue 1953B five dollar star note jumps to a much higher value of $2,500 and up.
Old paper notes in general, including five dollar bills, are more valuable if they are rare. AntiqueMoney.com defines this as being a combination of the number of bills known to exist and the number actually printed. Value is subject to the individual collector or to events associated with the bill, including historical events or the fact that it was owned by a famous person.