Decoding A One Dollar Bill Rebbe

The United States one dollar note contains a wealth of information about when and where that note was printed. Collectors can use this information to help understand the U.S. system of currency and to make collecting decisions.

The Federal Reserve Seal and the Federal Reserve District Number.

There are twelve different Federal Reserve Banks responsible for printing paper money in the United States. On the one dollar bill, the bank can be quickly identified by a letter code in the Federal Reserve Seal to the left of the portrait of George Washington. The letter code is also found in the prefix of the serial number. A corresponding Federal Reserve District Number code is found in four locations. The following table is a handy reference for the bank codes:


Reserve Bank Letter A

New York

Reserve Bank Letter B


Reserve Bank Letter C


Reserve Bank Letter D


Reserve Bank Letter E


Reserve Bank Letter F


Reserve Bank Letter G

St. Louis

Reserve Bank Letter H


Reserve Bank Letter I

Kansas City

Reserve Bank Letter J


Reserve Bank Letter K

San Francisco

Reserve Bank Letter L

Serial Numbers

A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note. Each note has a unique serial number. The first letter of the serial number corresponds to the series year. The serial number of a bill appears twice, once in the lower left hand quadrant and again in the upper right hand quadrant on the front of the bill. The letter which precedes the numbers must be the same number that you saw identifying the Federal Reserve Bank. The last letter of the serial number or suffix letter identifies the number of times that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing used the sequence of serial numbers – A is the first time, B is the second time, C is the third time and so on. With one run for each letter of the alphabet (26) and 32 bill per run, there are a total of 832 bills per serial number. A “star” suffix is used to identify notes that serve as replacements during the production process.

Series Date (or Series Year)

The series year indicates the year in which a new design was approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, or the year in which the signature of a new secretary or treasurer was incorporated into the design. Capital letters following the series year appear when there is a significant change in the note's appearance.. In the lower right quadrant between the portrait of George Washington and signature of the Secretary of the Treasury is the Series Date. This number is presented as a the year portion of a date - as in 2004 - and sometimes has a letter suffix - as in 2004A. It is important to note that there is not a series for every calendar year. A new series will result from a change in the Secretary of the Treasury, the Treasurer of the United States, and/or a change to the note's appearance such as a new currency design.

Plate Serial Number

The Plate Serial Number appears twice: once on the front of the bill in the lower right quadrant above the Federal Reserve District Number, and again on the back in the lower right corner. It identifies the plate from which the note was printed.

Note Number Position

The Note Number Position appears in the upper left quadrant. It is a letter number combination that indicates which position on the plate the note was printed. The number indicates the quadrant and the letter indicates the position within the quadrant. In 2014, the BEP began printing $1 notes on 50-subject sheets. For these larger sheets, the note position is identified by columns and rows rather than by quadrants. Note position identifiers on the 50-subject sheet ranges from A1 – J5.

The Great Seal of the United States

The front (or obverse) of the seal shows an American bald eagle behind the national shield. The eagle holds an olive branch. The 13-letter motto, "E Pluribus Unum," on the ribbon held in the eagle's beak means "Out of Many, One." On the reverse of the seal is a pyramid with 1776 in Roman numerals at the base. The pyramid stands for permanence and strength. The 13-letter motto, "Annuit Coeptis" means "He has favored our undertakings." Below the pyramid the motto, "Novus Ordo Seclorum" means "A new order of the ages," standing for the new American era.


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Discover the Power of the Rebbe's Dollar: One Dollar Bill 1974 Blessed by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

In this captivating video, learn about Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson's enduring legacy and the Rebbe's Dollar. Witness the Rebbe's Dollar distribution tradition and discover the significance of this one dollar bill as a tangible reminder of the Rebbe's teachings and values. If you have a one dollar bill 1981A from Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson , please get in touch with us to help enhance our collection.

The Rebbe's Dollars

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the significance of the Rebbe's dollars?

The significance of the Rebbe's dollars lies in their representation of the fusion of material wealth with spiritual purpose . The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson , distributed these one-dollar bills during Rebbe's Sundays , encouraging recipients to use the money for charitable acts or to pass it on to someone in need. In doing so, he promoted the values of charity, unity, and spiritual growth . The Rebbe's dollars serve as a reminder that even small acts of kindness can create a ripple effect, inspiring positive change and fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility.

When did the Rebbe start distributing dollars?

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson , began distributing dollars in the 1980s during the Rebbe's Sundays . This weekly event saw individuals lining up outside the Rebbe's office in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to seek his blessings and advice. The tradition of giving out one-dollar bills rapidly gained popularity, attracting people from various backgrounds and locations who wished to experience the Rebbe's warmth, wisdom, and blessings firsthand.

Who could receive a dollar from the Rebbe?

Anyone who came to see the Rebbe could potentially receive a dollar from him. People from all walks of life, various backgrounds, and different locations were welcome to participate in the Rebbe's Sundays. The event attracted individuals from around the world who wished to experience the Rebbe's warmth, wisdom, and blessings firsthand, regardless of their religious affiliation or personal circumstances.

What was the Rebbe's intention behind giving out dollars?

The Rebbe's intention behind giving out dollars was to emphasize the importance of charity and to inspire a sense of unity among people. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson saw the dollar bill as a symbol of material prosperity, and by giving it away, he intended to infuse it with spiritual energy. He aimed to create a ripple effect of kindness and inspire positive change through the act of giving. By encouraging recipients to use the money for charitable acts or to pass it on to someone in need, the Rebbe sought to transform the physical currency into a vehicle for promoting positive change, spiritual growth, and a sense of shared responsibility within the community.

How has the tradition of the Rebbe's dollars impacted people's lives?

The tradition of the Rebbe's dollars has had a profound impact on many people's lives. Those who received the Rebbe's dollars often recount powerful stories of how this simple yet meaningful gesture influenced their personal, professional, and spiritual journeys. The Rebbe's blessing and the symbolic one-dollar bill served as a catalyst for positive change, inspiring individuals to embrace the values of compassion, charity, and unity.

Many recipients went on to engage in acts of kindness and charity, carrying forward the spirit of generosity embodied by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The ripple effect created by the Rebbe's dollars has fostered a sense of community and shared responsibility, encouraging people to support and uplift one another. The lasting impact of this tradition is evident in the ongoing acts of charity, kindness, and the sense of unity it continues to inspire among people across the world.

Are there any ongoing traditions or practices inspired by the Rebbe's dollars?

Yes, there are ongoing traditions and practices inspired by the Rebbe's dollars. The lasting impact of this unique tradition can be seen in the continuous acts of charity and kindness carried out by those who have been touched by the Rebbe's generosity. Many people who received the Rebbe's dollars or learned about the tradition have been motivated to embrace the values of compassion, charity, and unity in their own lives.

This spirit of generosity has inspired various community initiatives, charitable organizations, and individual acts of kindness that embody the core values of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The Rebbe's dollars have also fostered a sense of shared responsibility among community members, encouraging them to support one another and engage in acts of goodwill.

In addition, some people choose to keep their Rebbe's dollars as a personal keepsake, passing on the stories and values associated with the tradition to younger generations. This helps ensure that the spirit of compassion, charity, and unity promoted by the Rebbe's dollars continues to have a lasting impact on people's lives and communities around the world.