Today’s news is all about the Benjamins. The United States Treasury has redesigned the $100 bill, and it is sporting a number of technically and visually impressive features. Just like the movies, currency is going 3-D. The new bill has a blue 3-D security ribbon woven into the paper. The ribbon displays alternating and moving images of bells and 100s. Also featured on the bill is the image of a bell inside an inkwell, both colored in copper. The bell, however, fades between copper and green depending on the angle of view.
The image of Benjamin Franklin looks mostly the same as the previous design. It appears that dead presidents and other political figures will continue to be featured on American currency for the near future.
Here are sample images of the obverse and reverse of the new bills.
Also, check out this introductory video showcasing the new features, underscored by triumphant music, evoking the images of a foreign government officials involved in counterfeiting thwarted and being frustrated with the new expensive intaglio press they would have to purchase in order to continue illicitly producing high-quality supernotes.
(Can’t see the video below? Click here to read this article on Consumerism Commentary or go directly to YouTube.)
You can find more information about the new $100 bill and other previously redesigned bills on the Treasury’s new money website.
Updated March 26, 2017 and originally published April 22, 2010.