Where's George?
Where1HRSee the FW? That means the bill came from Fort Worth.

Take a dollar out of your wallet. Look at it. You see a green piece of paper. You see the words “Federal Reserve Note.” You see George Washington staring back at you.

How much do you really know about that dollar? Where did it come from? How was it made? Who had it first?

If George could talk, he’d have amazing stories to tell.

The Start

George’s journey always begins at one of two places: Washington, D.C. or Fort Worth, Texas. These are the only two places the paper money gets printed in this country.

Most bills printed are only worth a single dollar, but the government also produces $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills. No bills produced today are worth more than $100.

Making the Bills

Learn more about the dollar bill.

Making money is hard to do. Our government combines traditional printing techniques with cutting-edge technology. The highly trained workers and specialized equipment make it hard to counterfeit U.S. bills.

It’s hard to prevent counterfeiting. Originally, bills were all green, but, starting in 2003, the $5, $10, $20, and $50 bills got a facelift. The $100 makeover is still in the works. The new bills are colorful and have new safety features. The redesigned bills look fresh and new, but still feel the same.

Colors are easy to fake. Use the NewMoney.gov interactive site to look for other security features to make sure a bill is real.

where2When it’s released, this newly designed $100 will be hard to counterfeit

The government uses special paper to make money. Normal paper comes from wood pulp, but money paper is 75% cotton and 25% linen.

Once George is finished, government workers package and store him in a special vault.

The bills are stored at the vault until one of the special banks called Federal Reserve Banks picks them up and distributes them to financial institutions like your credit union.

Your credit union buys cash from the Federal Reserve Bank to meet member demand. When the credit union has extra money, it can deposit it back into the Federal Reserve Bank.

Once George is in circulation, anything can happen…


What makes credit unions so great? Members like you.

Every dollar you invest in your credit union earns you money while other members borrow it.

When you're ready for a loan, other members' savings will be there to help you out at the lowest possible cost.