New $100 Bill Made in Fort Worth Touts Added Security Features

New $100 bill hits banks Oct. 8

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013  |  Updated 5:54 PM CDT
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New $100 bills printed in Fort Worth went into circulation Tuesday, complete with high-tech upgrades meant to make it harder to counterfeit.

Chris Van Horne, NBC 5 Fort Worth Reporter

New $100 bills printed in Fort Worth went into circulation Tuesday, complete with high-tech upgrades meant to make it harder to counterfeit.

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New $100 Bill Makes Its High-Tech Debut

The Federal Reserve began distributing the long-awaited new $100 bills to banks Tuesday despite the ongoing government shutdown. Tuesday's launch marks the bill's first redesign since 1996. The redesign is meant to help thwart counterfeiters with the addition of a 3-D blue security ribbon, ink that changes color from copper to green and gold "100's" on the front and back.
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The Benjamin is getting a makeover. The $100 bill's latest redesign, which includes new security features and new ink, is aimed at preventing counterfeiting.

Federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing presses at the Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth are churning out stacks of the new cash.

The most glaring new feature of the new $100 bill is the new 3-D ribbon.

"The 3-D security ribbon is actually - I think - a very cool and interesting feature, because it actually draws the public's interest to the bank note so that they can be looking more carefully, to protect themselves from any potential counterfeiting," said Michael Lambert, the Associate Director of the Federal Reserve Bank.

There is a bell symbol within an inkwell that changes color when you tilt the note.

"You'll see the bell switching from copper to green, so it gives the illusion that the bell is disappearing within the inkwell," said Lambert.

There's also raised printing on the face side.

"We added a little extra texture to the jacket of Benjamin Franklin so that people can feel that very, very clearly," said Lambert.

The "100" shifts color when you tilt the bill and on the backside of the bill, the number is gold in color.

Although there were some delays, Lambert says the new features and colors didn't set Uncle Sam back too many greenbacks.

"The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has not had to make any sort of major investments in new equipment to print the new note," said Lambert.

You'll see those new Benjamin in circulation starting on October 8.

More: NewMoney.gov

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