New $100 Bill Looks Like Something Straight Out of Hogwarts

The familiar pictures of Founding Father Ben Franklin is still there, but there are a lot of new high-tech features being put in the new $100 bill, including a moving microprint that "looks like something straight out of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry":

The blue 3-D Security Ribbon on the front of the new $100 note contains images of bells and 100s that move and change from one to the other as you tilt the note. The Bell in the Inkwell on the front of the note is another new security feature. The bell changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted, an effect that makes it seem to appear and disappear within the copper inkwell.

“The new security features announced today come after more than a decade of research and development to protect our currency from counterfeiting. To ensure a seamless introduction of the new $100 note into the financial system, we will continue global public education of retailers, financial institutions and industry organizations to ensure that consumers and merchants are aware of the new security features,” said Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios. (Source)

Why the redesign? While security and protection against forgery is always a concern for any currency, the failure of the US Government to stem the rise of the Superdollar - a counterfeit so well done that it's almost impossible to detect - is to blame.


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Am I the only one wondering what Ben Franklin is actually thinking in that picture?

Looks a little nervous.

He's got sort of a "Well, here I am on the $100 bill again. Sorry..."
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@Hector Gomez - although old notes are still legal tender, as the new note becomes predominant in the market, it will be hard to move large quantities of fake old notes.
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Other countries phase out old notes as they wear out. They also make them illegal tender a period after a new design is introduced.

I assume the US do, and would do the same; although not being American, I don't know.

I wouldn't go so far as to say they're something out of Hogwarts though. As people have suggested, there are some weirder and wonderfuler(sik) notes around the world employing interesting security and design measures.
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Agree with the comments about Canadian notes. On the other hand, how is this 'straight out of Hogwarts'? It's not exactly an enchanted, animated image.
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