Why print a new $100 note?
In recent years, U.S. officials have been trying to combat the continued production of extremely high-quality counterfeit $100 notes they say are produced in North Korea, dubbed the ���supernote,� which are undetectable to nearly all but the most sophisticated experts.
This is the first time that the one hundred dollar note has been redesigned since 1996.
The note was originally slated for release in 2008 although budget constraints pushed the release date back to early to mid 2010. The note go into general circulation by early 2011.
The new $100 security breakdown:
The $100 note is the most often counterfeited denomination of U.S. currency outside the United States due to its broad circulation overseas.
The new Benjamins have been in development since 2003 and utilize difficult and costly to reproduce security features.
Advanced Features: 3D Security Ribbon
A blue three-dimensional security ribbon with alternating images of bells is woven into the note�۪s fabric- not printed on.
Bell in the Inkwell
A bell image inside a picture of an inkwell that changes from copper to green when tilted, as well as a large ���100� that does the same.
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1. Portrait Watermark- Like the old note, the new one has a water mark of Franklin�۪s portrait, also visible when help up to light.
2. Color Shifting 100- The number 100 that moves and changes color from copper to green as the viewing angle is tilted.
3. Security Thread- Another security strip, visible to the left of Franklin�۪s head when the note is held up to light, is embedded into the fabric.
4. Raised Printing- As a result of enhanced intaglio printing process it should feel rough to the tough. Traditional raised printing can be felt throughout the $100 note, and gives genuine U.S. currency its distinctive texture.
5. Gold 100- Look for a large gold numeral 100 on the back of the note. It help those with visual impairments distinguish the denominations.
6. Microprinting- Look carefully to see the small printed words which appear on Benjamin Franklin�۪s jacket collar, around the blank space containing the portrait watermark, along the golden quill, and in the note borders.
Did you know?
Twenties- In the United States, the $20 note is the most frequently counterfeited denomination.
Old notes- The approximately 6.5 billion older design $100s already in circulation will remain legal tender after the new notes are released next year, but will be destroyed and replaced as they pass through the Federal Reserve system.
Dollars are worldwide- As many as two thirds of Federal reserve notes now in circulation are outside the United States.
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U.S. Currency dispersion
Benjamins- The $100 note is the highest denominated note issued by the Federal Reserve.