New Fifties Go Into Circulation Today

New, more colorful 50-dollar bill begins circulating

The color of money is changing again. Today's the day the new, more colorful 50-dollar bills begin circulating -- sporting splashes of red, blue and yellow. The bills, the second denomination of greenback to get the color treatment, are part of the government's continuing effort to thwart counterfeiters. Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general and 18th president, is still on the front and the US Capitol remains on the back. But subtle colors are now added to the new notes -- joining the traditional black ink on the front and green ink on the back. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has printed 140 million new 50s and plans are to put them out gradually.

The old bills remain secure and will continue to circulate, but officials predict people are going to like the new 50.