The Federal Reserve has been busy creating the new $100 bill that will be even more difficult to counterfeit. And it features two technologies that have never been seen before.
I never realized that counterfeiting was such a huge deal. The Fed does so much to prevent fakes that I figured people gave up trying to counterfeit a long time ago. Clearly, I’m wrong.
The improved $100 bill looks like this:
Doesn’t it look like a kid drew all over one side of the note? But, I digress. Some of the new features include:
- A blue security ribbon that has tiny icons inside that shift from “100” to little liberty bells when tilted
- A color-changing bell inside of a copper inkwell
- Raised printing along Benjamin Franklin’s shoulder
The back features a larger denomination indicator and the back of Independence Hall, as opposed to the front. This will force counterfeiters to change the plates on their machines, which is extremely expensive.
More than three billion of these bills went into circulation today, so maybe you’ll be seeing one of these things in person soon enough. Personally, I think it just looks more like Monopoly money, but if this is what they feel is necessary, more power to ‘em.
For more information, check out The Washington Post.