Financial Update (January-March 2000)


Cover Story

Technology Brings Regulatory Challenges

Golden Dollar

New $5s and $10s

New Law Expands Banks' Activities


Did You Know?

Data Bank

The Docket

$5s and $10s to Sport New Looks in 2000

New Design for $5s and $10s

New designs for $5 and $10 bills were unveiled in Washington, D.C., in November 1999. The new notes will be issued in mid-2000.

Most features of the new bills are similar to those of the new series $100, $50 and $20 notes, introduced during the past four years, and are intended to deter counterfeiting.

Some of the more noticeable features of the redesigned $5 and $10 bills are the enlarged, off-center portraits; watermarks that are visible when held up to a light; and color-shifting ink (on the $10 bill only) that looks green when viewed straight on but black when viewed at an angle. Other new features include fine-line patterns in the backgrounds of the portraits and pictures and microprinting in unique places on each denomination, both of which are hard to replicate; an embedded polymer thread imprinted with distinguishing characters that glows a unique color under ultraviolet light on each denomination; and serial numbers of 11 numbers and letters. Additionally, a large numeral on the back of the new notes is designed to be seen easily by those with low vision.

The redesigned $10 and $5 notes will circulate along with the old designs, and both designs will be honored at face value.