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Benjamin Franklin’s $100.00 Bill Gets a New Design

By October 8, 2013No Comments

Hello, Benjamin Franklin! Today the Federal Reserve introduced into circulation a brand new design for the $100.00 bill.


It’s been 17 years since the US Government updated the iconic Ben Franklin, and this new edition has two significant improvements. I didn’t know it, but the $100 note is the most widely circulated and most often counterfeited bill outside the U.S.

3D Security Ribbon

The Reserve has added a blue ribbon on the front of the $100 note with images of bells and 100s. If you tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon, you will see the bells change to 100s as they move.

When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. Plus, the ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.

Bell in the Inkwell

A second security feature, called a bell in the inkwell, is also being debuted with the $100 note. A color-shifting bell, inside a copper inkwell, is located on the front of the note.

The inkwell and bell are both copper until you move the $100 note. Tilt it to see the bell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.

Still carrying around old $100.00 bills? No worries, your money is still good. Over time banks will collect the old bills, turn them back into the Federal Reserve, and get new ones in return.

For more information on the new $100.00 note, visit

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Aaress Lawless

Aaress enjoys helping small businesses and ministries, having budget travel adventures with friends, and blogging about life lessons on Instagram.

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