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F ederal Reserve Bank

Dallas, Texas, March 26, 1951


To all Member and Nonmember Banks
in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District:
Within the next few days we shall place in circulation in this district a new series of
Federal Reserve notes of this Bank’s issue, designated Series of 1950. These notes differ
slightly in design from those previously issued. In order to call your attention to the
changes in design before any of the notes are circulated, we print below the text of a
press statement which was released by the Treasury Department last November.
“ The Treasury Department announced today that the first delivery of Federal
Reserve notes designated Series of 1950 had been made by the Bureau of Engrav­
ing and Printing to the Federal Reserve System. The new series of notes have
the signatures o f the Secretary of the Treasury and the Treasurer of the United
States, the series designation, and the identification of the issuing Federal
Reserve Bank overprinted in the same manner as the serial numbers and the
seal, instead of engraved as heretofore.
“ The serial numbers of the notes are slightly reduced from their former
size, and are now identical in style with the serial numbers which appear on one
dollar silver certificates. The identification of the issuing bank and the Treasury
Seal have also been reduced in size.
“ Except for these details the new notes are unchanged in design from those
issued heretofore.
“ The notes in the first delivery are for the use of the Federal Reserve Bank
of Richmond. The new notes are in denominations of $5, $10 and $20.
“ Several economies will result from the new production method. It will not
be necessary to keep on hand large stocks of notes of each denomination for each
of the twelve banks of the Federal Reserve System. Stocks of notes for each
denomination, complete except for the data to be overprinted, will suffice. Also,
it will not be necessary to engrave new plates when there is a change in either of
the signatures appearing on the notes.
“ Elimination of the necessity for stocking new notes of each denomination
for each of the Federal Reserve Banks will reduce the number of required combi­
nations for stocking purposes from 108 to 9.
“ The Bureau of Engraving and Printing will be able to make certain further
savings from the more expeditious scheduling of production.”
Additional copies of this circular will be furnished upon request.
Yours very truly,

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