Fed Orders 7.2 Billion Notes for 2015


One hundred dollar billsU.S. money production for Fiscal Year 2015 is estimated to hit 7.2 billion notes valued at over $188.7 billion, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) announced.

Those numbers are based on how many banknotes the Federal Reserve has ordered for circulation due to estimates for cash, and they include currency the BEP sets aside to be sold for numismatic products.

Mainly, the majority of the order is for replacements. The BEP indicates that the bulk of paper notes printed each year are to replace those already in or taken out of circulation. Many bills have to be destroyed, because their condition no longer meets the criteria for recirculation. Also, old $100s are getting replaced with the new $100 design.

"The estimated number of notes that Reserve Banks will destroy accounts for nearly 85 percent of the proposed FY 2015 print order and includes both unfit currency, as well as all old-design $100 notes received from circulation," the Federal Reserve Board points out.

The 7.2 billion figure for Fiscal Year 2015 is not set in stone. Annual orders can and have been adjusted in the past.

"If we ever need modifications to the order, we have that available to us," said Michael Lambert, associate director for the U.S. Currency Program at the Federal Reserve Board.

That happened during the global financial crisis when demand for $100s surged from abroad, Lambert noted.

"But typically, we place an order that year and we don’t adjust it, we don’t have the need to adjust it during the course of the year," Lambert said.

Here’s how the Fed’s annual print order breaks down by face value, quantity and dollar value:

Denomination Number of Notes Dollar Value
$1 2,451,200 $2,451,200
$2 32,000 $64,000
$5 755,200 $3,776,000
$10 627,200 $6,272,000
$20 1,868,800 $37,376,000
$50 220,800 $11,040,000
$100 1,276,800 $127,680,000
Total 7,232,000 $188,659,200


The U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces Federal Reserve notes from two facilities. They are located in Fort Worth, TX and in Washington, DC. On average every day in Fiscal Year 2014, the two facilities used about 8.9 tons of ink to deliver approximately 24.8 million notes, worth about $560 million, at an average cost of 10 cents per note.

The BEP operates on a fiscal year that begins on October 1 and ends on September 30.

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I haven’t seen a new banknote (except for the 100) in 3-4 years and i use/handle cash a lot in business. is the govt cutting back to get people to go digital so they can control or grab people’s funds with a click of a button

George Glazener

@northwind: wouldn’t surprise anyone if they did..!

32k two dollar bills is pretty skimpy. Most of those go to Monticello anyway; they give them out as change when you buy tickets and gifts. Nice fresh crisp ones.!!


Hi George,
Hope you have been doing okay.


Hi George, The total for all denominations is shown as ~7.2 million, not billion, so it’s a good guess that the amounts are in multiples of 1000 even though that’s not indicated in the article. It continues to boggle me that they don’t simply flood the market with $2 bills. Eventually people might get the idea that they’re not rare and are actually very useful. It also might help defuse the nay-sayers who constantly grumble that switching to a $1 coin would fill everybody’s pockets with metal. @northwind – where are you located? I’m in the Northeast and have been… Read more »


Aloha George, the Fed Reserve orders bills based on demand from the banks. If customers don’t ask for $2s they stay in the bank and when they have too many they send them back to the Fed. Just like the golden dollars. You can make hundreds of millions but they will all end up in the vaults of the Fed. What needs to be done is to stop printing 1, 2 and 5 dollar bills and make coins instead. The government will not do this because it will show how much inflation has really eaten up the US dollar.