Most 1981 5 dollar bills aren't very valuable. However star notes can sell for more money. Continue reading to learn more about these bills.

1981 5 Dollar Bill

1981 5 Dollar Bill Reverse

Specifications

Denomination: $5.00 USD
Type: Federal Reserve Note
Series: Two: 1981, 1981A

Value

Most of these bills in circulated condition won't be worth more than their face value of $5. In the better condition grades these bills can sell for a premium. In addition, star notes will sell for higher prices.

The 1981 series $5 bills are worth around $7.50 in very fine condition. Uncirculated bills with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $25.

The 1981A series $5 bills are worth around $15 in very fine condition. Uncirculated bills with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $35-50.

Star Notes

Star notes are replacement bills that the United States Federal Reserve printed. These star notes are more rare and thus more valuable. You can tell if you have a star note by looking to see if there is a star symbol at the end of the serial number.

Most 1981 series $5 star notes are worth around $50-65 in very fine condition. Uncirculated bills with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $150. Star notes issued from the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and San Francisco are less valuable. Star notes issued from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are more valuable.

The 1981A series $5 star notes are worth around $50-55 in very fine condition. In uncirculated condition the price is around $115-125 for notes with an MS 63 grade.

Grading System

Very fine- A note that has been in circulation but not for a long time. The note is still relatively crisp. There may be some creases, folds, or light smudges.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- A note that shows no signs of ever having been in circulation. The note still has its original crispness. The note is also well-centered.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1985 Five Dollar Bill
1977 Five Dollar Bill
1974 Five Dollar Bill