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Series of 1953 Red Seal $5 Bill - Values and Pricing

1953 red seal five dollar bills come in four different varieties.  There are series of 1953, series of 1953A, series of 1953B, and series of 1953C.  All of these five dollar bills are worth about $6 each in average circulated condition.  If the 1953 red seal fives are uncirculated then something closer to $15 will be more accurate.  The only difference between the four notes is the signatures.  The first name is the Treasurer of The United States and the second name is the Secretary of The Treasury:

Series of 1953: Ivy Baker Priest and G.M. Humphrey (120,880,000 printed)
Series of 1953 A: Ivy Baker Priest and Robert B. Anderson (90,280,000 printed)
Series of 1953 B: Elizabeth Rudel Smith and C. Douglas Dillon (44,640,000 printed)
Series of 1953 C: Kathryn O’Hay Granahan and C. Douglas Dillon (8,640,000 printed)

Despite the difference in number of five dollar bills printed, each type is worth the same.  All 1953 red seal five dollar bills are very common.

Each 1953 five dollar red seal bill has serial number written in red ink.  There is a red seal on the right hand side of the bill.  All 1953 red seals were printed in Washington DC and feature a portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the center of the bill.  You can also find the following wording on each bill:

“United States Note, The United States of America, This Note Is A Legal Tender At Its Face Value For All Debts Public And Private, Will Pay To The Bearer On Demand Five Dollars”

Star notes were also printed for all four 1953 five dollar bill series.  Star notes will have a serial number that starts with a red star and ends with the letter A.  In circulated conditions 1953 red seal stars sell for about $12.  Uncirculated 1953 five dollar red seal star notes are worth closer to $100.

We only buy 1953 five dollar red seals if they are uncirculated star notes or if they are part of a large sequentially numbered uncirculated run.