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Flashy Franklins: New US $100 Bill Debuts on Tuesday Across America

Ready for the new $100 Bill?

Ready for the new $100 Bill?

By Brian Hews

Are you ready America for the “New $100 Bill?”

The new $100 bill goes into circulation on Tuesday, and your wallet is about to get a “splash” of color if you can land one of the Ben Franklin’s.

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is what you can expect from the new $100 bill that goes into official circulation across the nation.

First, the very feel of the bill is totally different. For the first time ever, the engraving process includes the effect of “raised printing.”

“This effect can be felt throughout the $100 note, and gives genuine U.S. currency its distinctive texture.
a US Government website touts. 

Second, the dashed blue strip to Ben’s left is actually part of a security feature designed to help tell real $100s from fake ones. Tilt the bill, and designs along the strip change from bells — as in, Liberty Bells — to the number “100,” in moving patterns. In fact, the blue ribbon has nothing to do with printing — it’s actually woven onto to the paper.

Third, further to Ben’s left (your right) is a new icon rendered in another non-green hue, a copper-colored inkwell. Within the inkwell is another security feature, a color-shifting bell.

Also, look around the inkwell (not in it) is a quill. It represents the pen used by the Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Consumers will also note that by the inkwell is a “100” label, in the bill’s lower right corner. Its color alternates between copper and green when you tilt the bill — another new security feature.

Lastly, a “ghostly” watermark of Franklin’s face, visible on the right side of the bill when you hold it up to a light, is still there, but Ben is looking a little more “simple” in the new bill.


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