The new $100 bill was revealed this week ahead of its October release, and the colorful Benjamin will be not only aesthetically more appealing — it will also be far more difficult to fake.
Anti-counterfeiting seems to be the main measure undertaken in designing the new $100 bill, and, as we reported yesterday on The Inquisitr, the Federal Reserve Board highlighted the security features inherent in the recently revealed note redesign:
“The redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.”
The new $100 bill has two novel features to thwart counterfeiters — and on the government’s NewMoney.gov site, the updates were explained to American currency holders:
“Look for a blue ribbon on the front of the note. Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move.”
The site continues:
“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.”
A second feature on the new $100 bill makes it even harder to fake, and Uncle Sam says:
“Look for an image of a color-shifting bell, inside a copper-colored inkwell, on the front of the new $100 note. Tilt it to see the bell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.”
The new $100 bill was originally slated to debut back in 2010 — but creasing issues led to a trip back to the drawing board, according to a spokeswoman from the agency in charge of currency creation, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.