It was announced this past week that the Department of the Treasury will be issuing a new redesigned $100 note on February 10, 2011. It has been overhauled and has been updated to include a ton of new features to help thwart counterfeiters. Over a decade of research and development went into its new security features.
New Security Features Of The New $100 Bill
So just what are the security features being implemented in the new $100 dollar bill? Let’s take a look at some of the features that they’re telling us about (I’m sure there may be some that they won’t let us in on!).
- 3-D Security Ribbon: There is a blue ribbon woven into the bill itself (not on top of the paper) that when you tilt the bill will show italics “100”s written vertically.
- wiInkwell with Liberty Bell: There’s now an orange inkwell near Franklin’s left shoulder. When you tilt the bill, you will see the Liberty Bell superimposed on that inkwell.
- Portrait Watermark: On the far right side of the bill there is a portrait of Franklin done as a watermark. This feature can also be found on other newly redesigned bills.
- Color shifting 100: The orange 100 in the lower right will shift colors as you move the bill.
- Large Gold 100 on the Back: Just like on the redesigned $5 bill, there is now a large gold 100 on the back of the new $100 bill. This change is made 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.
Want a more interactive look at the new $100 bill? Check out The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s interactive tools here.
Here’s a quick video look at the new bill.
Personally I do like the newer more colorful design of the bills they’ve been coming out with lately. Reminds me a bit of all the colorful Euro bills we saw when we were in Europe in 2008.
So what do you think of the newly redesigned $100? Love it or hate it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Lakita | Personal Finance Journey says
So what do you think of the newly redesigned $100?
You think I can get the US Mint to send me a few samples to review? :)
Of course I can’t guarantee return! haha!
On a serious note, I’m all for increased security, so if this is going to make it more difficult to counterfeit (at least for a while) then I’m all for it. I don’t care too much about the “look”
Peter Anderson says
Yeah, I suppose I feel pretty much the same way. I don’t mind the look too much as long as it makes it tougher to counterfeit.
Sorry, I don’t have any spare 100s around for you to review ;)
I think our money is starting to look similar to our neighbors up north.
My thoughts are, with the Govt changing the bills, coins, etc all the time, you would think anyone could just make a fake, take it to a store and say, “Oh this is the new bill, you haven’t seen it yet?”
I still run across bills and coins that I’ve never seen before, and I just accept them as a new look to the currency…just my two cents.. :)
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I do like the look of the new $100 bill. Counterfeiters are so darn clever you have to go high tech to curtail their activities. My only gripe is that I see so few $100 bills that it will be years before I hold one of these new ones in my hands!