The U.S. Treasury refreshes its currency every once in a while to stay a step ahead of counterfeiters, and this time they’re refreshing the new $100 bill. The new bill will contain a security feature called Motion, where each bill will contain up to 650,000 microlenses embedded in the printing which will allow for an underlying image to shift when the bill is moved. Yep, good old Benjamin Franklin is getting a facelift and here it is (we’ll add more pics as they become available):
Highlights of the new bill:
- 3-D Security Ribbon
- Bell in the inkwell. When you move the note, the bell changes color from copper to green.
- Portrait watermark
- Security Thread
- Color-shifting “100″
- The new note will be issued on February 10, 2011
Maybe George Washington can use some of these to pay for his overdue library books.
Some facts about the U.S. $100 bill:
- There are about 6.5 billion in circulation. That’s $650,000,000,000
- The average $100 bill is replaced every 5 years due to wear
- It is one of only two banknotes that do not feature a president
- The first $100 bill was issued in 1862
- The time on the clock on Independence Hall on the back side of the bill reads 4:10