Cybercrime

Meet the new $100 bill

The newly designed $100 bill showcases a slew of new anti-counterfeiting features including 3D security ribbons and threads, color-shifting numbers, hidden microprint text and subtle watermark images.

Out in Front

The newly designed $100 note contains advanced security features to combat counterfeiters, but older $100 notes will remain in circulation after the new currency is released.

On the Flipside

The $100 note is the most often counterfeited denomination of U.S. currency outside the United States due to its wide circulation.

3D Security Ribbon

When holding the note, tilt it back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.

Bell in the Inkwell

The inkwell and bell are both copper until you move the $100 note. When holding the note, tilt it to see the bell change from copper to green, and effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.

Portrait Watermark

When holding the note to light, look for a faint image of Benjamin Franklin in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from either side of the note.

Security Thread

When holding the note to light, look for an embedded thread that runs vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible along the thread from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by UV light.

Big Numbers

Look for a large gold numeral 100 on the back of the note. It helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination.

Color Shifting

When holding the note, tilt it to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from copper to green.

Microprinting

Look carefully for the small-print words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, which appear on Benjamin Franklin's jacket collar. USA 100 appears around the blank space containing the portrait watermark, and ONE HUNDRED USA appears along the golden quill (seen above).

Raised Printing

When holding the note, move your finger up and down Benjamin Franklin's shoulder on the left side of the note. It should feel rough to the touch, a result of the enhanced intaglio printing process used to create the image.

Meet the new $100 bill

The newly designed $100 bill showcases a slew of new anti-counterfeiting features including 3D security ribbons and threads, color-shifting numbers, hidden microprint text and subtle watermark images.

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