The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, 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. Full press release: http://www.newmoney.gov/stakeholder/journalist/release_04242013.htm
The Redesigned $100 Note
The new $100 note is the latest denomination of U.S. currency to be redesigned. Over a decade of research and development went into its new security features. Read more: http://www.newmoney.gov/newmoney/default.aspx
New Security Features
The advanced security features offer a simple and subtle way to verify that a new $100 note is real.
- 3-D Security Ribbon- 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.
- Bell in the Inkwell- Look for an image of a color-shifting bell, inside a copper-colored inkwell, on the front of the new $100 note.
Additional Design and Security Features
- Portrait 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 either side of the note.
- Also: security thread, a color-shifting “100” on bill, raised printing, and more.
Security Features: http://www.newmoney.gov/uscurrency/redesigned100.htm