New $100 Bill Features Dancing, Color-Changing Bells
CREDIT: U.S. Federal Reserve
It’s all about the Benjamins today as the U.S. Federal Reserve has just announced that it will start its circulation of new and improved $100 bills on October 8, 2013. Thought it’s not much in the way of a makeover, the new note’s design does feature some fairly high-tech tricks for befuddling counterfeiters.
There are two new security features on the new $100 bill that really stand out. Both the 3-D Security Ribbon and the Bell in the Inkwell offer a simple and not-so-subtle way to verify that a new $100 note is real.
The blue ribbon located front and center on the new bill is woven into the paper itself, and is printed with tiny bells. But when you tilt the bill back and forth, those bells change to 100s. Tilting the note back and forth will also make the bells and 100s move side to side. Tilt it side to side and they’ll move up and down.
After watching the dancing bells, you can switch your attention to the much larger bell located inside of the copper-colored inkwell on the front of the bill. The bell changes color from green to copper when you tilt the bill back and forth. Now you see it. Now you don’t.
Aside from these two new and rather garish features, the updated $100 note is much the same as those that went into circulation in 1996.
According to Reuters, these new notes cost slightly more to produce than their older counterparts, but they’re worth the added cost for U.S. officials, who have been dealing with an increased number of extremely high quality counterfeit $100 notes believed to be coming from North Korea.
These “supernotes” are undetectable as counterfeits to all but the most discerning of currency experts.
The new $100 notes have been in development since 2003 and were supposed to start circulation in 2011. However, a statement by the Federal Reserve said that “its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay.”
The Fed also said that it will be “reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world” to educate them on how to identify the new bill. [See also: Cops Say ATM Tech Swapped Fake Bills for Cash]