Here's The New And Improved Hundred Dollar US Bill

The US Federal Reserve is making it rain new hundred dollar bills on October 8, 2013. They're more colourful, more secure and easier to authenticate, but they're harder to replicate. Here's everything that's changed.

Most of the benjamins you see today were designed way back in 1996. Sounds pretty old, right? An overhauled hundo was supposed to enter into circulation in February of 2011, but production was shut down a few months prior because of a manufacturing flaw that revealed a blank space in the note when a crease formed. But the latest batch of seems to be a big improvement.

If you were contemplating going into the counterfeiting business, you'll be talked out of it by the time you see how the Treasury Department has booby-trapped this bill. It looks nearly impossible to duplicate. You can take an interactive tour of the new C-notes here, but we went ahead and did a breakdown of the features for you:

A hologram-like 3D security ribbon woven into the paper has bell icons that change to 100s when you move the bill.

When you hold the note steady, both the inkwell and the bell inside of it are copper. Move the bill, and the bell turns green.

To the right of the big portrait of Ben Franklin is a smaller, faint portrait watermark. You can detect it when you hold the bill up to light.

A security thread imprinted with USAs and 100s is located to the left of big Ben's head. It can be detected when it's put under a UV light.

The numeral 100 in the bottom right-hand corner of the front of the note changes from copper to green when you move it.

Just in case you don't know what kind of cash you're handling, there's now a giant gold 100 on the back of the bill.

There are a couple of micro-printed words located on the hundred. "The United States of America" sits on ol' Ben's collar, "USA 100" surrounds the portrait watermark, and "One hundred USA" appears next to a golden quill.

Franklin's jacket feels rough to the touch; there's raised printing all over the bill so it feels like a legit piece of officially issued currency. And so that it's harder to copy.




    Oh man I thought we Australians had some ugly money...this looks like some half assed dodgy counterfit shit lol

    Last edited 25/04/13 4:04 pm

      Get out of here!

      I reckon we have the best looking and most technologically advanced notes in the world!

      I've been to quite a few different countries (and am living out of Australia right now) and believe me, having been away you do appreciate the durability of our notes and the quick and easy identification of denominations due to the varied colours.

      The U.S. has long been one of the most annoying currencies for such quick identification due to the similar green hues of each note, so this is a step in the right direction (though I agree that it is pretty ugly!)

      Last edited 25/04/13 6:22 pm

        I have to admit I like our money better than others too.

        Polymer notes piss all over cotton or paper. Read an article about Canada's new notes and how they cost 19c a note vs 10c for the old ones but are expected to last 2.5x longer. In a huge cash economy like the US that would save a lot of money in the long run and save a lot on counterfeiting...

        Agreed. Australia's notes are the best i have seen so far in my travels!

      A lot of countries have actually redone their currency based off our model because it's so much better identification and durability. I think it looks great and is easy to fish out of your wallet and survive the washing machine. Also it stays cleaner. USA has some really filthy money.

        Yes, actually the Reserve Bank of Australia makes polymer notes for quite a few other countries as well now because we are one of the only countries with all of the equipment and technology.

        Imagine a pirate intercepting one of those shipments en route!

          I agree, American money is filthy, and not just because of all the things we do with it. They did a survey one time, and 1 in 10 US 100 dollar bills had trace amounts of cocaine on it! The paper is actually a cotton based material with a porous structure that lends itself easily to carrying viruses and bacteria. Overall, it is a really bad design. We need to switch over to either a digital e-currency, or over to metal or polymer money with a bit of silver to make it anti-microbial.

    It's funny that they keep trying to make the bigger notes less counterfeitable, when i was there last most shops wouldn't accept 50's or 100's and asked for ID when using credit cards for purchases over $100.

      Noticed the same - pull anything higher than a twenty and they'd eithr refuse or throw it under a UV light to check it.

        Wow, is counterfeit money in America that popular? Pathetic, $50 and $100 notes are super common in Australia. I never think twice.

          The reason $50's and $100's are common here, is because cost of living is so high here. If you pull out a franklin, it means you must be doing some serious shopping.
          Consider by comparison buying a carton of smokes in Australia, $90 - $120, The States, $20.
          Thats why Big notes in corner shops in the States is rare. Fill your tank, buy a pack of smokes, and a hotdog, not even breaking a $50.

    Paper notes still? How 19th Century is that? Why not follow Australia's lead and go to polymer notes?

      America always has to be different for some reason. For the worse it seems.

      Polymer bank notes? But that's a foreign idea, just like that metric bah-hooey that the rest of the world uses because it's sensible.

        Always struck me as odd that you kick out the poms but keep the imperial system of measurements??

          Well we can't talk. We've still got the UK's bloody flag in the corner of ours. And all England is to us now is where we go for a year after finishing school to learn how to pour drinks ;)

    This article is misleading. I don't think the US Treasury has anything to do with the notes - The Fed prints notes, and The Treasury mints coins.

      And who is it that you think is the parent agency of the United States Mint? The Treasury department maybe? Also The Fed doesn't print notes, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing does. Also an agency under the Treasury.

    What's stupid is that the older $100 notes are still in circulation and accepted as legal tender. Unless they phase these less secure / "easier" to counterfeit notes, whats the point of this?

      You'd be surprised how quickly new notes can be circulated and old notes start disappearing. Once a business banks the physical money they've received from customers, the old notes are returned to treasury and replaced with new notes. The only old notes will be those you keep under your mattress.

    "a giant gold 100 on the back of the bill"
    All the more easier for muggers to locate what they want.

    I wonder how much it costs to make one of these notes.

    I actually think these are great works of art mixed with technology, amazing what they can put into plain old paper. As far as our plastic money goes, not much beauty in something that looks like its ink-jet printed on a recycled plastic fork I got with my takeaway curry.

      So you dislike a less flawed system.... awesome....

    Looks like a food stamp XD

    Last edited 25/04/13 9:17 pm

    Forgot to mention those yellow dots at the right that are anti-scanner related.

    yet the still insist on having all their notes be the same size.

    It's pretty ugly, not that their previous notes were pretty....

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