The 2004 Fifty Dollar Bill
The front of the fifty dollar bill contains the portrait of United States President Ulysses S. Grant and the back of the bill contains the United States Capitol. The 2004 series fifty dollar bill was the first to use multiple colors since the 1905 $20 gold certificate. The front of the fifty dollar bill also includes a borderless American flag and a small silver blue star to the lower right of Grant's portrait. The average life span of a fifty dollar bill is 55 months. The size of the fifty dollar bill is 6.14 × 2.61 inches.
The first modern anti-counterfeiting measures were introduced to the fifty dollar bill in 1991. A plastic security strip and microscopic printing were added as part of these anti-counterfeiting measures. Additional anti-counterfeiting measures were added in 1996, including a watermark of Grant and an updated ultraviolet security thread. The 2004 Series fifty dollar bill includes a EURion constellation on the back.
The 1934 Fifty Dollar Bill
The 1934 Series fifty dollar bill removed the "redeemable in gold" clause from the bill, due to the United States withdrawing from the gold standard. In 1969, The treasury seal on the fifty dollar bill was changed from Latin to English. The words on the front of the fifty dollar bill was changed in the Series 1934 printing, with FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE across the top and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL PAY TO THE BEARER ON DEMAND FIFTY DOLLARS on the bottom. The word FIFTY is printed on the right of the portrait of Grant.
The 1929 Fifty Dollar Bill
The Series 1929 fifty dollar bill was the first of the small note size. Two fifty dollar bills were introduced, one being a Federal Reserve Note with a green seal and one as a gold certificate with a golden seal. The back of the fifty dollar bill contains the words NATIONAL CURRENCY and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA across the top and the words FIFTY DOLLARS across the bottom. The name of the Federal Reserve Bank where the fifty dollar bill was printed is on the left of the portrait of Grant.