The new $100 bill is debuting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, and besides its 3-D security design, the new $100 bill has five more features that are noteworthy. “The Federal Reserve will begin circulating a new $100 bill on Tuesday with some modern and colorful anti-counterfeiting features, after overcoming problems that postponed its debut for more than two and a half years,” reported The New York Times on Oct. 6, 2013.
The new $100 bill is designed to deter international counterfeiting:
Behind the $1 bill, the $100 bill is the second most common bill in circulation. Internationally, the $100 bill is the most desired American bill. “The Federal Reserve estimates that one-half to two-thirds of $100 notes in circulation are abroad at any given time, making them one of the nation’s largest exports.”
Because of its international popularity, the $100 bill is also the most commonly counterfeited note outside the United States.
The new $100 bill includes a 3-D design:
The new $100 bill 3-D design consists of a three-dimensional blue strip with images that appear to move when the note is tilted. This three-dimensional security ribbon will make counterfeiting of the new $100 bill much more difficult.
The new $100 bill includes a holographic color-changing image as a second security feature:
The new $100 bill includes an image of a copper inkwell containing a holographic bell whose color changes from copper to green when the new $100 bill is tilted. “It only takes a few seconds for people — if they know what they’re looking for — to know what they’re looking at is genuine,” said Michael J. Lambert, associate director of the Federal Reserve.
Benjamin Franklin is no longer surrounded by a dark oval:
The new $100 bill has kept the image of Benjamin Franklin, but unlike the old $100 bills, Benjamin Franklin’s image is no longer surrounded by a dark oval. Instead, Benjamin Franklin’s picture appears right next to the three-dimensional security blue strip. If anyone, Benjamin Franklin would have certainly liked being so close to the newest technology.
The new $100 bill has its own website and videos:
“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.
The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. “
The new $100 bill has its own training and educational materials:
Free training and education materials for the new $100 bill have been made available and can be downloaded in 23 languages. Among the available downloadable materials are a $100 Brochure and Poster, a Multinote Poster, a Multinote Booklet, a U.S. Currency Milestone Factsheet, a $100 Education Resource Kit, and a $100 Note Training Presentation.
The U.S. Currency Milestone Factsheet explores the milestones of U.S. currency production since 1996 and despite the new $100 bill’s prolonged challenges, it appears that for now it is indeed a remarkable milestone.