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New $100 Bill Design With Extra Security Features

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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.

New $100 bill design - obverse

New $100 bill design - reverse

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.

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avatar 1 Anonymous

Your post makes it sound like you believe Franklin was a president. Of course you know better, but I suggest editing that bit to eliminate the ambiguity.

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avatar 2 Anonymous

Now if only we could change the size of the bills with higher value bills being bigger than smaller value bills. This would make it much easier for blind people to determine the value of the bills. I think most foreign countries do this – all that I have ever seen anyways.

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avatar 3 Anonymous

The lifespan of a $100 bill is over 6 1/2 years compared to 22 months for a one dollar bill. So there’s plenty of time to keep those presses rolling. ;-) As for changing the size – ugh – I lived with that for awhile and many bills had to be folded twice to fit in a wallet. I’d prefer the notched approach to aid the blind. That’s been successful with other products.

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avatar 4 Anonymous

This is going to look AWESOME in my new “Currency Album” :) Trying to fill them with all the different versions of each bill…have a decent amount so far, but those $500’s on up are going to be tricky. Do you have any by chance? I know you collect money…

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avatar 5 Anonymous

Except that Franklin is a poor example of a dead President.

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avatar 6 Anonymous

@Apex Zing! Beat me to it.

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avatar 7 Anonymous

Just want to mention that Ben Franklin was never a U.S. President. Also, Hamilton on the $10 bill is not a president — just want to make sure that is reflect, not all of U.S. currency has a president featured on it.



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avatar 8 Anonymous

Benjamin Franklin was never the President of the United States.

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avatar 9 Luke Landes

Heh, thanks everyone who pointed out Franklin was not a president. I was drawing inspiration from a slang term for paper currency.

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avatar 10 Anonymous

Yo, Chill with the slang, dude, it just ain’t right to use that stuff, Everybody got stoked just slammin you for it. Stick with the good stuff or…….. whatever!

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