For only the fourth time in the history of US currency, there will be a new $100 bill debuting on October 8, 2013. The new $100 note is the latest denomination of U.S. currency to be redesigned. Over a decade of research and development went into its new security features.
The new bill has been redesigned to make it easier to authenticate, but harder to counterfeit. It has advanced security features – the 3-D Security Ribbon and the Bell in the Inkwell – that offer a simple and subtle way to verify that a new $100 note is real.
- 3-D Security Ribbon - Look for a blue ribbon on the front of the note. 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. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.
- Bell in the Inkwell - Look for an image of a color-shifting bell, inside a copper-colored inkwell, on the front of the new $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.
Learn more about additional features that have been added to protect the integrity of the new $100 note.
Please note, all U.S. currency remains legal tender, regardless of when it was issued.