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Thursday, April 25, 2013

The United States One Hundred Dollar Bill Gets a Security Makeover

The New $100 Note. Know Its Features. Know It's Real.

Come October 2013, don’t be tricked by the new U.S. $100 bill, consider it a treat! With the same distinct face of President Franklin staring at you, the new bill will include advanced security features that are simple and subtle to verify that a $100 bill is a real note yet difficult for counterfeiters to reproduce it.
So, what’s new?

3-D Security Ribbon – This blue ribbon will be embedded with images of bells that change to the number 100 when tilted back and forth. Tilting side to side, makes the images move up and down. The ribbon is actually woven into the paper, not printed on it.
Liberty Bell – embedded in an inkwell on the front of the bill. Both images are copper, but tilt the note and the bell changes to green.
These new bills will be in U.S. bank accounts and ATMs on October 8, and no need to trade in your old $100 bills for the new ones…unless you want to ensure extra security on the most widely-counterfeited U.S. note.
Don't want to wait until October to see the new bill? Here's an interactive new $100 dollar bill.

New Security Features

The advanced security features – the 3-D Security Ribbon and the Bell in the Inkwell – offer a simple and subtle way to verify that a new $100 note is real.

3-D Security Ribbon - Image

Look for a blue ribbon on the front of the note. Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.

Bell in the Inkwell - Image

Look for an image of a color-shifting bell, inside a copper-colored inkwell, on the front of the new $100 note. Tilt it to see the bell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.

Additional Design and Security Features

Three highly effective security features from the older design have been retained and updated in the new $100 note. Several additional features have been added to protect the integrity of the new $100 note.
  • Portrait Watermark - Image

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of Benjamin Franklin in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from either side of the note.

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