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The New $100 Note

On February 10, 2011, businesses and consumers will see their money move in a whole new way. The U.S. government will issue a redesigned $100 note with two new advanced security features: a blue 3-D Security Ribbon and a color-shifting Bell in the Inkwell. 

You can’t miss the blue 3-D Security Ribbon on the front of the new $100 note. The ribbon seems to be three-dimensional with bells and numeral 100s appearing to float or glide above the ribbon as you move the note. You’ll know a new $100 note is genuine by tilting the note back and forth while focusing on the ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. It’s that simple.

A second new security feature on the new $100 note, also on the front of the note, is the Bell in the Inkwell. At first, the bell blends with the inkwell because they are the same copper color, but when you tilt the note, the bell changes to green. This color shift makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.

In addition to these new security features, the government also retained three highly effective security features from the old $100 note design, including:
• Portrait Watermark – Hold the note to light to see a faint image of Benjamin Franklin in the blank space to the right of the large portrait. It is visible from either side of the note.
• Security Thread – Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread that runs vertically to the left of the portrait. The letters USA and the numeral 100 appear in an alternating pattern and can be seen from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.
• Color-Shifting 100 – Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note change from copper to green.

Prevent Loss
Law enforcement officials warn that counterfeiters look for opportunities to take advantage of uninformed businesses and consumers when a new currency design is issued. They are encouraging everyone who handles cash to know the security features of the new $100 note before it begins circulating. Any business or consumer that accepts a counterfeit note will suffer a financial loss because fakes cannot be traded in for real notes.

How to Prepare
Because cash handlers are the front line of defense in the fight against counterfeiting, the government has developed a number of training materials and resources to help them easily identify possible counterfeit notes before they accept them.

The training materials can be downloaded from or ordered by calling 1-877-639-2877. They illustrate how to detect a counterfeit note quickly and easily. A range of materials are available, including brochures to hand out to employees, posters to display in break rooms, training videos and interactive training tools.

What To Do If You Suspect a Fake
If you suspect you’ve been passed a counterfeit note, the U.S. government wants you to be aware of a few tips. First, try to note the characteristics of the person who tried to pass the fake note and, if possible, write down a description of any vehicle he or she drove as well as the license plate number.

Next, immediately contact your local police department or U.S. Secret Service field office.

Finally, make sure that you write your initials and the date in the border of the suspect note. Remember to limit the handling of the note and protect it by putting it in an envelope. Only turn the note over to a police officer or a U.S. Secret Service agent. If the note is genuine, it will be returned to you. If the note is counterfeit, you will not be reimbursed. You cannot trade in a counterfeit note for a real one, and it is against the law to knowingly try to pass a counterfeit along to someone else.


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