2003 – Present $20 Bills Have 3 Key Security Features
When seen under blacklight (UV-A), the thread glows green
To see the Security Thread: Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.
The thread is imprinted with the letters USA TWENTY and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.
Shown Below is the 2009 $20 Bill under 3 different bands of UV Lighting. In each band, you can see the USA20 and the flag in the Security Stripe, but one is a whole lot easier to tell than the others. That photo is the one that is $20 Bill Under UV Light 380-385nm Wavelength. That is also the wavelength that shows the stripe as being green, the best.
Hold the $20 bill to the light and look for the watermark, or faint image, similar to the large portrait of Jackson. The watermark is to the right of the portrait, in a blank part of the paper itself. The watermarked portrait of Andrew Jackson can be seen from both sides of the bill.
Color-Shifting Ink “20” in Lower Right
Look at the numeral 20 in the lower right corner on the front of the note. When you tilt the note up and down, the color-shifting ink changes from copper to green. The color shift is more dramatic in the redesigned notes, making it even easier for people to check their money.
More Design and Security Features
Federal Reserve System Seal
A black seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System.
A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the distributing Federal Reserve Bank. In the scenario of the image posted, D4 is Cleveland, OH. See the table on 20_2003-Present_Indicators.pdf for determining the distributing Federal Reserve Bank
“THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 20 USA” in the border below Treasurer’s signature
“USA20” borders beginning part of text ribbon “USA TWENTY”, right of the portrait
“USA20” in lower left numeral
“THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” in the lower oval framing of portrait
Move your finger along the $20 bill’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes
Federal Reserve $20 bill’s paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton and contains red and blue security fibers.
The $20 bill includes background colors of green and peach. The words TWENTY USA have been printed in blue in the background to the right of the portrait.
Portrait and Vignette
The $20 bill features a portrait of President Jackson on the front of the note and a vignette of the White House on the back of the note.
Symbols of Freedom
The large blue eagle in the background to the left of President Jackson’s portrait is representative of those drawn and sculpted during his time period. The smaller metallic green eagle to the lower right of the portrait is a more contemporary engraving.
A large green numeral 20 in the lower right corner on the back of the note helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination.
A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note. For information about the serial numbers and other indicators on the $20 bill, see the table on 20_2003-Present_Indicators.pdf
The design includes series years 2004, 2004A, 2006, 2009, and 2013. See the tables on 20_2003-Present_Indicators.pdf
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01 ScreamRide – Level: The Gap – Landing Epic Fail in a Compromising Position