Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New $100 Bill Debuts Today


The Federal Reserve Board announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013.  Federal officials say that the new $100 bill, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.


New $100 Bill Security Features - How to tell if the $100 Bill is real.


Watermark
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 both sides of the note. 


Bell in the Inkwell 
Tilt the note to see the color-shifting bell in the copper inkwell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell. 


3-D Security Ribbon 
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


Color-Shifting Ink 
Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from copper to green.


Security Thread
Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.


Gold 100
A large gold numeral 100 on the back of the note helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination. 


Raised Printing 
Move your finger up and down Benjamin Franklin’s shoulder on the left side of the note. It should feel rough to the touch, a result of the enhanced intaglio printing process used to create the image. Traditional raised printing can be felt throughout the $100 note, and gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.


Microprinting 
Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on Benjamin Franklin’s jacket collar, USA 100 around the blank space containing the portrait watermark, ONE HUNDRED USA along the golden quill, and small 100s in the note border.