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 and it begins circulating on October 8, 2013! This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate. These bills were also pretty tough to make as the Federal Reserve had a creasing issue when making these $100 bills and had to delay production and destroy $3 billion worth of the new bills. Yes, we destroyed 30 million $100 bills due to printing issues earlier this year!
The Federal Reserve didn’t release any high resolution currency images due to counterfeiting concerns, but we have a gallery of 250 pixels by 150 pixels images above for you to check out.
Here is a video that has Sonja Danburg, program manager for U.S. Currency Education at the Federal Reserve Board, discussing how to use the new security features to authenticate the redesigned $100 bill.