Friday, April 26, 2019

Do You Know The Security Features of the New $100 Bill?

Posted by OnCourse Staff December 31, 1969 7:00pm

Photo Credit: Stuart Miles

By: Sunita Trivedi, P&G Associates Staff Auditor

Have you ever went to a Bank, handed the teller a $100 bill, and notice him/her carefully examining it? Have you ever had the employee at the gas station refuse to take your $100 bill? Nowadays, everyone is skeptical about receiving currency from an outside source other than a financial institution due to the circulation of counterfeit money.  So, to stay ahead of and to lower counterfeit money, the government redesigned the $100 bill. The Federal Reserve supplied financial institutions with the new $100 bill on October 8, 2013. The new bill will be “easier to authenticate, however, it will be harder to replicate” with the new security features.

Do you know the security features of the new $100 bill? There are two new security features: 3-D Security Ribbon and the color changing bell in an inkwell. The Security Ribbon is woven into the bill, and it changes from bells to 100s when shifting the bill from side to side. The color changing bell in an inkwell, located on the right side of the bill, changes from copper to green.

There are other security enhancements on the $100 bills, such as the portrait watermark, security thread, color-shifting 100, raised printing, large gold 100, micro-printing, and FW indicator.

  • The Portrait Watermark -  If you hold the bill to the light, you will see a watermark of Benjamin Franklin on the right side.
  • Security thread - To the left of the portrait, you will see a thread running vertical with USA and 100 imprinted on it.
  • Color-shifting 100 - The small 100 on the right corner of the bill changes colors from copper to green.  
  • Raised Printing -  If you move your fingers up and down on the left side of Benjamin Franklin’s shoulder, the ink will feel rough. Large Gold 100: On the back of the note, there is a large gold 100 on the right side.
  • Micro-printing - On Benjamin Franklin’s left collar, you will see small printing of The United States of America. Also, in the blank space where the portrait watermark is, you will see USA 100 around it. Around the golden quill, you can see One Hundred USA and small 100s in the note borders.

Take a few minutes to examine a new $100 bill to see if you can recognize all the security features mentioned above. If you know your currency, you will have a better chance of protecting yourself from encountering counterfeit money.

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