The $100 bill got a makeover Wednesday in the name of security.
The Fed’s biggest bill looks a bit different, but the biggest alteration was the addition of minor details meant to prevent counterfeiting, according to a Federal Reserve release.
“We took the necessary time to develop advanced security features that are easy for the public to use in everyday transactions, but difficult for counterfeiters to replace,” said Michael Lambert, assistant director for cash at the Federal Reserve Board.
New Security Features
One of the most apparent additions to the $100 bill is a 3-D security ribbon. The blue ribbon, wrapped around the middle of the bill, is woven into each bill instead of being printed onto the paper. When you tilt the note back and forth, illustrations of bells and 100s move side to side. When you tilt the note side to side, the pictures and numbers move up and down.
To the immediate right of the 3-D security ribbon is the new “Bell in the Inkwell.” Both the bell and inkwell appear copper at first, but when you tilt the bill the bell turns green.
The $100 bill also features some of the same security features that have already been in place. When placed in front of light, a faint image of Benjamin Franklin appears near the right edge of the bill. On the left side of the bill, an embedded thread runs vertically, reading, “100” and “USA.” The thread also appears pink when shown beneath a blacklight.
The 100 illustration in the bottom right corner of the new bill changes colors from copper to green, depending on how the bill is tilted. A large, gold 100 is printed on the back of the note. According to the government, it helps visually impaired people read the money.
The bill contains three tiny, barely visible phrases: “The United States of America” on Franklin’s collar, “USA 100” near the Franklin watermark, and “One Hundred USA” near the golden quill in the background. Finally, the area on top of Franklin’s shoulder is slightly rougher to the touch than the rest of the bill.
The U.S. Government provides official information here.
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