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A Closer Look At The New US $100 Bill’s Security Features

The new high-tech $100 US bill will be available in February 2011. Source: Getty Images

The new US $100 banknote is being called “the next generation one hundred” by the US Treasury Department.

Along with a redesign of the bill’s graphic layout and the addition of some colour, several new security features have been added to the bill while some old ones maintain their presence.

The newest, and arguably the most technologically advanced, security feature is a 3-D ribbon crossing the center of the bill. The images on the ribbon – bells that transform to numeral 100s that turn back into images of bells – move as the bill is tilted.

Next to the ribbon is another 3-D device that embeds a colour-changing Liberty Bell inside an inkwell when the bill is tilted at various angles.

Other new features can be found in the bill’s denomination both on the front and back. The “100” on the front shifts from copper to green when tilting the note and a large gold numeral 100 on the back helps people with visual impairments recognize the bill more easily.

This video, put together by the U.S. Treasury, details some of the bill’s high-tech features:

The new bill also contains multiple traditional security features. Raised printing, microprinting, a security thread, and a Benjamin Franklin watermark are all part of the banknote’s anti-counterfeiting measures.

The new notes will be available on February 10, 2011 and old bills will continue to be accepted until they wear out.

SOURCES:
The Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Unveils New $100 Bill”
The Week: “New $100 Bill: Too Sci-Fi?”
You Tube: “$100 Note Unveiling Video”

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