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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.


I don't get what the big deal is. Canadian bills have had similar security features since 2004 http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/banknotes/
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"The new security features announced today come after more than a decade of research and development to protect our currency from counterfeiting."

The report continues: "Counterfeits of the new $100 bill were on the streets of all major world cities within an hour of the announcement."
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I'm hoping that photo is just showing off the features and that the ugly purple stripe and the yellow blobs don't appear in normal light. The inkwell sticks out way too much though.
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Naomi, we still have to wrestle with knowing we call our dollar coins "loonies" and "toonies." We have our own problems.

I think our reflective stripe has a little more dignity than the new C-note design. It's more off to the side and it looks silly broken up.
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@Rocky Oh I know, no disagreement there. What would they have called the five dollar coin if it had passed public approved? The security stripe placement does look rather silly.
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We are Specimen
We are Spacemen
We are Devo

Not EVEN worth a non-existant iphone4.

I wonder how bad counterfeiting is with U.S. bills these days, or does this reflect updating intelligence of tools?
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So, can I still spend a hundred dollar bill printed in the years before all of these security features were added to US currency?

Yes?

Then why not counterfeit the old stuff, if you intend to counterfeit at all? It seems that it would be a lot easier to print up a bunch of 70s and 80s vintage hundreds, artificially age them, and pass those instead of trying to duplicate all the new bells & whistles.
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Once again... am I the only one who feels that US currency looks like it was designed by somebody at a Quick Print Shop? Compared to Swiss Francs, for example, there is no beauty or rational design to be found... just security features and crappy typography.
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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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@Hector Gomez
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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@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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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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