On October 8, 2013, the Federal Reserve introduced a new look for the $100 bill. Over a decade of research and development went into its state-of-the-art security features.
The hundred note still features Benjamin Franklin on the front and Independence Hall on the back, along with more colorful illustrations and hidden text and pictograms that reveal themselves only under certain conditions.
It includes a blue 3-D security ribbon making it easier for the public to identify while being more difficult for counterfeiters to duplicate. There are bells and the numbers “100” printed on the ribbon which shift position as the note is moved.
An inkwell printed to the right of Ben Franklin’s portrait changes color from copper to green as you move the currency, making a bell inside the inkwell appear and disappear.
Speaking of Franklin, the new $100 bill has a faint image of the founding father on the right side of the note which can be viewed by shining a light through the currency.
And if you look very closely, you can see the words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA micro-printed on Franklin’s collar.
The Series 2009 $100 note is more expensive to print than the last version—12.6¢ per bill vs. 7.8¢ for the older style—but it’s designed to be harder to counterfeit and easier to authenticate.
For more information about the new design of the $100 note, including educational materials and an interactive $100 bill to explore, visit www.newmoney.gov.