On the 8th October 2013, the US Federal Reserve issued the latest version of the $100 dollar banknote.
The note contains several new security features, including Motion™ thread and a colour changing/ optically variable ink.
Other features include:
- Watermark of Benjamin Franklin
- Embedded security thread which glows pink under Ultraviolet (UV) light
- Colour shifting “100” on the front of the note, shifting between copper and green
- Raised printing from an enhanced intaglio printing process
- Large “100” in gold on the reverse of the note, to assist those with visual impairments
It has taken over 10 years of research and development by both the US Secret Service and the Department of Treasury – and a 2 year delay due to production issues – to create the new banknote, utilising new technology in order to combat counterfeits. US authorities state that the $100 bill is the most counterfeited note of the US series, and estimates that of the $1.1 trillion (£683 billion) US money in circulation, less than 0.01% accounts for counterfeits notes. It also states that approximately $80.7 million counterfeit currency was used within the United States in 2012, and $14.5 million in other countries.
The new $100 is the bill’s first redesign since 1996.
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