A new $100 bill will soon be making its way to the U.S. economy, and the most counterfeited note in the world will be featuring a new 3D blue security ribbon as part of its most recent attempts to deter counterfeiting once circulation begins. According to UPI this Monday, Oct. 7, the latest Benjamins will look relatively similar to its old versions, but have some new and noticeable additions.
The new $100 bill was initially set to appear here in the U.S. over two years ago in early 2011, but several delays, particularly problems over creasing, led the U.S. Federal Reserve to postpone the circulation process and final rollout.
Now this Fall 2013, the big Benjamin bill is coming this Tuesday, and a blue security ribbon with a 3D marking is just one of the anti-counterfeiting features. Via the U.S. government’s website, “New Money,” the advanced security ribbon will seemingly “move” when the $100 bill is tilted, not unlike a dubbed “color-shifting bill that can shift from copper and silver to green.”
An extra Benjamin Franklin image complete with watermark will also be inset on the most counterfeited bill in the world, as well as raised printing that offers a unique texture to the money. Although Benjamin’s face is still set as the primary focus of the new $100 bill, the note no longer showcases an oval around his image.
The U.S. Federal Reserve adds this week that the $100 bill in fact stands as the second most popular note in the world, and is the most frequently counterfeited bill across the globe as well.
“With this bill, 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,” Michael J. Lambert, the Federal Reserve's associate director, recently confirmed to the Times.
Are you excited about the new $100 note? Earlier this year, a number of these bills were accidentally ruined by the government over an inking issue, so it's certainly high time the public gets their hands on them.