New $100 bill starts circulating Tuesday

The government shutdown hasn't stopped the U.S. Federal Reserve from releasing new $100 bills into circulation Tuesday.


The U.S. Federal Reserve is all about a new crop of Benjamins.

The new $100 bill was supposed to debut back in 2011, but creasing problems during the production process delayed the Fed's rollout.


Two years later, the redesigned bill will finally be released into circulation Tuesday, with a number of new specifications intended to prevent counterfeiting.

According the government's "New Money" website, the notes' new features include a blue, 3D security ribbon that appears to move when you tilt it, a "color-shifting bell" that changes from copper to green, and an additional, water-marked portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Raised printing will also give the bill what the site calls its "distinctive texture."

The same portrait of Franklin's face will feature prominently on the note, but it will no longer be surrounded by a dark oval.

The $100 bill is actually the second most popular bill -- after the $1 note -- and the most commonly counterfeited note in the world, according to The New York Times.

The Federal Reserve said the new changes will make it so much harder to fake a Franklin.


“It only takes a few seconds for people -- if they know what they’re looking for -- to know what they’re looking at is genuine,” Michael J. Lambert, the Fed's associate director, told the Times.

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