Since the first US bank notes were printed in 1861 to raise funds for the Civil War, they've been graced by the faces of presidents. The early days of paper money saw a variety of now-defunct notes, including silver certificates, Federal Reserve Bank Notes, interest bearing notes, and fractional currency - notes issued in lieu of coins during the Civil War. Almost all of these had an American president on them, though they weren't always consistent from printing to printing.
Despite the many different types of currency the US has issued, the main type of paper currency has always been consistent. These bills, and the coins that go with them, usually feature presidents, though several bills of note do not. Larger, now-discontinued bills have also featured presidents. Every sitting president either has or will be featured on presidential $1 coins, though these coins aren't being printed for circulation, only for collection.
This list of presidents on money includes all the presidents that have been featured on US currency, along with several prominent Americans who grace the nation's current bills but never held the highest office.
- Grant has graced the $50 since 1913, though the note has existed in other forms since 1861. The former general also appeared on various gold and silver certificates. Congress has twice introduced legislation to replace Grant on the $50 bill with Ronald Reagan, but the bills were voted down both times.
Cleveland sits on the now-discontinued $1,000 bill, which has been out of print since 1945 and out of circulation since 1969 but is still legal tender. Cleveland also graced the $20 bill until he was replaced by Andrew Jackson in 1928.
Wilson's face adorned the largest bill ever printed in American history - the $100,000 gold certificate. The bill was never released into circulation; it was only used to transfer money between banks during the Great Depression.