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New $100 Bill

Posted By Jim On 04/21/2010 @ 1:50 pm In NEWS | 78 Comments

If you’ve wondered why Benjamin Franklin’s expression on the $100 bill never changes, it’s because he’s been getting regular botox injections. He would love to show emotion, but unfortunately he can’t. This year, he’ll be getting a little more work done, his first since 1996.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has created site with interactive tools [3] that showcases the security features of the new $100 bill or you can check out their PDF [4] explaining everything in great detail.

Here are some, but not all, of the cool new security features [5]:

  • 3-D Security Ribbon: You can’t miss it, it’s a blue ribbon that goes down the middle of the bill. When you tilt it, you will be able to see italics 100s written vertically. The ribbon is woven into the bill itself, it’s not on top of the paper.
  • Inkwell: There’s a new orange inkwell near Franklin’s left shoulder. When you tilt the bill, you will see the Liberty Bell in that inkwell.
  • Portrait Watermark: To the right of the Department of the Treasury Seal should be a portrait watermark, a feature that is in use on other redesigned bills.
  • Color shifting 100: Finally, the orange 100 in the lower right will change colors as you tilt it, a feature that was included in all recent bill redesigns.
  • Huge 100 on the Back: If you didn’t like the enormous 5 on the redesigned $5 bill [6], you might not like the gynormous gold 100 on the back of the new $100. Like on the $5, this was done to help those who are visually impaired.
  • Microprinting: “The United States of America” is printed in tiny letters on Franklin’s collar, “USA 100″ is around the blank space of the watermark, “One Hundred USA” along the golden quill, and finally 100s on the borders of the bill.

Here’s the back of the bill:

What do you think? Like it? Hate it? Don’t care?


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[3] interactive tools: http://www.newmoney.gov/newmoney/flash/interactive100/index.html

[4] PDF: http://newmoney-qa.marnyc.com/newmoney/files/100_Materials/100_MultinoteBooklet_en_WEB031210.pdf

[5] new security features: http://www.newmoney.gov/currency/100.htm

[6] redesigned $5 bill: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/your-take-new-5-bill-the-huge-purple-5.html

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