Here's What You Need to Know About the New $100 Bill


Tomorrow - government shutdown or not - the Federal Reserve is going to start circulating the new $100 bill. The "New Color of Money" redesign to the US banknotes, which began in 2003, started with the new $20 bill. The redesign introduced new security features to stay ahead of counterfeiters.

Here's what you need to know about the new $100 bill, from the Federal Reserve's website NewMoney.gov
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Polymer plastic money definitely has a lot of advantages. So does having multiple sizes.

Honestly, I don't know why US continues to use cotton-based banknotes and the same size for all of its denominations. I also don't know why we continue to use the imperial weight and measurement system, rather than just hop on the metric system like the rest of the world.
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Not having a go, Alex, I have a lot of respect for the US and its people. It just seems kinda strange that all your money is still the same colour and size! We have green pound notes, blue fivers, brown tenners, purple 20s, red 50s and redder 100s! All different sizes, too. I'm sure our money would be reminiscent of Monopoly money to most US folks.

Plus, all the Euro notes have all different colours, sizes and designs and they're talking about introducing plastic notes like in Australia. Washed your jeans with a fiver in the pocket? No worries!
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The yellow spot is a watermark area with an image of Benjamin Franklin. The "squid" thing (I think) is the quill used to sign the Declaration of Independence.
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