April 25, 2010

The $100 Bill Gets a Makeover - Bucks Blog - NYTimes.com

Officials from the government unveiled a new $100 bill look  Wednesday.
Officials from the government unveiled a new $100 bill look Wednesday.

The $100 bill has gotten a new look intended to thwart counterfeiters.

Officials from the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve board and the United States Secret Service unveiled the new design Wednesday. The government had announced it last month.

While the bill retains the security features found on the previous design, the new design also has a couple of new features. Among them, a blue “3-D Security Ribbon” contains images of bells and 100s that move and change as you tilt the note. Meanwhile, the “Bell in the Inkwell” on the front of the note changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted.

According to the government, the $100 note is the most widely circulated and most often counterfeited denomination outside the United States. “This note incorporates the best technology available to ensure we’re staying ahead of counterfeiters,” Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in a statement.

The reaction online so far has been positive from bloggers at sites like creditcardoutlaw.com and Bargaineering.com.

What do you think of the new design? You can learn more about it here.

The $100 Bill Gets a Makeover - Bucks Blog - NYTimes.com

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