After many delays, and even a large crop of them having to be destroyed, the new $100 bill will debut on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. CNN Money reported on Monday that it has taken several years to finally come out, but the delayed debut is almost upon the world.
Originally set to come out in 2011, the Federal Reserve realized that there were security issues, printing errors, blank spaces left on the bills, and just a host of other issues that caused serious delays.
There are a number of new features on the new $100 bill that will make it easier for people to validate its authenticity, but much more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate. Some of those measures are:
- Color-shifting ink that changes from copper to green when the bill is tilted
- A 3D, blue security ribbon
- The color-shifting ink is located in a large "100" on the back, on one of the "100's" on the front, and on a new image on the front
Benjamin Franklin's face will still be in large place as it has been for a long time, but it will now match other redesigned currencies that no longer have the famous figure surrounded by the traditional dark oval. After the new $100 bill makes its debut, the $1 and $2 bill will be the lone remaining currencies that haven't been redesigned.
The current design for the $100 bill has been in circulation since 1996.