These 15 Microprints Are Hiding In The U.S. Currency, And You Probably Never Knew It

In the age of PayPal, credit cards, and Google Wallet, many of us aren’t seeing or touching the cash we use in daily transactions. Some of us only ever see cash when we run into “cash only” parking garages or when we vacation in places that expect tips.

Along the left and right borders are the words “FIVE DOLLARS”.


Otherwise, we’ve become drastically dependent on plastic. Whatever the reason you are or aren’t using cash, you may want to look a little bit harder the next time this kind of paper slips through your hands. You might be asking, “Why”?

The reason is because there are hidden microprints in money scattered amongst the larger images we see — granted, you can only see them under a microscope. If this captures you curiosity, check out the gallery below that shows you where you can find these microprints.


There’s an “E PLURIBUS UNUM” at the top of the shield within the Great Seal and “USA” repeated in between the columns of the shield.


On the back, “USA FIVE” appears along one edge of the purple number five.


The actual Lincoln Memorial has state names engraved on it, which also appear on the back of the bill.

$10 Bill


“THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “TEN DOLLARS” reside below the portrait…


… as well as inside the borders of the note.


“USA 10” is repeated beneath the torch.

$20 Bill


There’s a “USA20” along the border of the first three letters of the blue “TWENTY USA” ribbon, to the right of Jackson’s portrait.


“THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 20 USA 20 USA” appears in black in the border below the Treasurer’s signature (there’s also a “20” between the two and zero, and “USA” in the circle of the zero).

$50 Bill


To the left of the portrait, there’s a “FIFTY,” “USA,” and “50” inside two of the blue stars to the left of the portrait (one just to the left of the Federal Reserve seal and one just to the right). There’s also “FIFTY” repeated within the border of the note.


“THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” hides in President Grant’s collar.

The $100 Bill


“THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” rests on Benjamin Franklin’s jacket collar / there’s a “USA 100” around the blank space containing the portrait watermark / “ONE HUNDRED USA” along the golden quill / “100” repeating along the borders of the bill.

Pretty cool huh?! Let us know what you think and make sure to give this a share on Facebook before you go. (h/t Mental Floss)