How to Draw a Dollar Bill

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The United States dollar, with its mostly green coloration, is recognizable the world over. Along with the Euro, the official currency used by much of Europe, it the most-used currency in international trade.

Some foreign countries even use the dollar as de facto currency, in addition to or instead of their own monies.

American dollars typically feature the image of a U.S. president or other important historical figure. For federal reserve notes, or "paper money," these include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Benjamin Franklin.

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On the back, they often picture an important place or event, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Treasury, the White House, the United States Capitol building, and Independence Hall.

Is drawing a dollar bill the same as making counterfeit money? No, it is not. Counterfeiting is defined as "manufacture of false money for a gain." Counterfeiters try to make their fake money look real so that they can trick others.

In effect, they are stealing anything they buy with counterfeit money. A drawing of money, on the other hand, would never be mistaken for the real thing.

Did you know? "Paper" money is not made from ordinary paper. American dollars are printed on a type of cotton-based paper that is durable and can survive getting wet - such as when you forget to take your dollar out of your pocket before your clothes go the laundry.

Would you like to draw a 100 dollar bill? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Dollar Bill

How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a rectangle. This outlines the shape of the bill.

How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 2

2. Draw two more rectangles inside the bill, each one smaller than the last. This outlines the patterns on the front of the bill.

How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 3

3. How much is this bill worth? It is a 100 dollar bill. Draw the number "100" in outlined numbers in five places on the bill. Two "100"s go between the inner rectangles, at the top corners; one overlaps the inner rectangle at the bottom corner; and two are within the inner rectangle. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 4

4. Draw two sets of curved parallel lines within the inner rectangle. These lines should resemble the punctuation called parentheses, "( )".

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How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 5

5. Begin to draw the face on the bill. The American 100 dollar bill features the likeness of Benjamin Franklin, a scientist and politician who helped found America. Use curved lines to outline his face, chin, and neck.

How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 6

6. Continue to sketch the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Use curved lines to indicate his hair and the collar of his garment.

How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 7

7. Add details to the portrait. Use curved lines to indicate the nose, eyebrows, and mouth. Sketch in the eyes using rounded shapes and curved lines.

How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 8

8. Add more features to the bill. To the left of the portrait, draw three circles within one another, each smaller than the last. Enclose three narrow rectangular shapes in the top corner of the bill.

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How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 9

9. Write the words "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" above the number "100" on the right side of the bill.

How to Draw Dollar Bill: Step 10

Color your 100 dollar bill. American money is typically light and dark green.

Would you like to design money for your own imaginary country? Use this tutorial as a template, then check out our character drawing guides and create a currency that is all your own.

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