The $50 bill is the second denomination in the Series 2004 currency that has been redesigned, and it is scheduled for release this fall. The new $20 bill was released in October 2003, and plans for a new $100 bill are in development. (Decisions about new designs for the $5 and $10 notes are still under consideration; however, the U.S. Treasury is not planning a redesign of the $1 and $2 notes.)
In addition to the traditional green and black inks, the new $50 bill will include touches of purple and gold and a distinctive red and blue American flag design behind a larger portrait of Ulysses S. Grant. Some of the other security features include:
The confidence in American currency is made possible through continuous improvements in currency design and aggressive law enforcement, both of which protect U.S. currency against counterfeiting.