New US$100 bill in circulation 10/8


The new US$100 bill will go into circulation on October 8, 2013. New security features include a "3-D Security Ribbon" woven into the paper. The image changes from bells to 100s with the viewing angle, and "color-shifting" bell graphic that changes from copper to green, "an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the (copper-colored) inkwell." "The Redesigned $100 Note"


  1. This is nice and all, but when are the bills going to be designed so that the blind or people that have visual impairments can use the currency without difficulty? Didn’t a court several years ago rule that all of the bills must be changed for this reason?

      1.  Just saying, but european blind folk don’t need gadgets since the bills are different sizes. Probably what he’s after.

        1. Only as long as the Euro lasts! Presumably the iPhone app would handle different currencies, which would be super handy when traveling.  

          But as far as accommodating the vision impaired,  I think that’s where they were going with the “100” in 84 pt font.

          1.  The Czech crown comes in different sizes for different amounts (larger = more) as well.

  2. “New $100 bill becomes more difficult to make or steal for normal people, still very easy to steal for the very rich…details tonight at 10…”

    1. I always like the notes that people write on money, which often seem to be something like a $1 being used as a $20 chip in a card or dice game. 

  3. This just in: The DPRK is threatening to turn the U.S. and installations of the traitorous puppet regime into seas of fire wilting under the will of Brilliant General Kim Jong Eun and the military-first policy  unless it is given samples of the new $100 bill ahead of its release.

  4. I wonder will this finally knock it off it’s spot as the second most counterfieted bill in the world?

    1. Probably not, people counterfeit dollars because they’re a stable and valuable currency no because it’s easy, the change will just knock down their profit margins a bit and might put some smaller counterfeiters out of business.

    1. Old notes are destroyed fairly quickly (millions of bills are destroyed every day). In about 7 years, you probably won’t see any of them which means the ones you do see will be more scrutinized. Showing up with $10 million in 1980s style $100 bills would set off alarms long before you could spend it all.

      1. Plus you’d look like a rube for saving bills that had lost 60%  of their purchasing power.

        Fun fact – fragments of bills comprising more than 50% of the original note or 4 corners can be redeemed for new money. Sometimes the Treasury gets a bail of burned or rotted money and they will reconstruct the bills and replace them. 

        1. Maybe in the regular life of a regular bill, but once they actively start replacing them with the new bill, all old ones are set aside and torched as they come in to banks. To whit; I always used to be sure to hand them out as change before I would handout the new bills when I worked retail. (In Canada they change the bills a lot.) I still never deposit an old bill. I like coming across one every so often.

        2.  Back in the 90s I cashed a check and received a 100 dollar note from 1950, back they still said that they could be redeemed in “lawful money.” at the Treasury or any Federal Reserve bank.  So they can stick around for awhile, They don’t circulate as much as lower denominations.

    1. I got back to the US and headed for the bar with fresh dollars.  I said to the bartender “You know the best thing is about American money?” and he said “The way it smells!” and I said “Fucking-A Right!”

  5. The notes are bad enough, the coins are awful! Tiny lettering, and no numerals!

    I spent half my time at counters attempting to read the fine print trying to remember whether “One Dime” was 2¢ or 10¢.

    Definitely not user friendly!

    1. I spent half my time at counters attempting to read the fine print trying to remember whether “One Dime” was 2¢ or 10¢.

      Pfft. They’ve been like that is 1792 and we’re not going to change it because some people can’t be bothered to read or spend a few minutes learning *one* new word (nickels say “five cents” and I assume no one needs to learn what a quarter is).

      1. “I assume no one needs to learn what a quarter is”

        1/4¢. Like the old fashioned Farthing was 1/4 of a penny in UK money.

      2. “…….Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ’em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you’d say.
        Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…”

      3. Where, exactly, am I supposed to learn that one new word? At the counter when I’m trying to pay for something?

        But I guess that if it’s been that way since 1792, there’s no point changing it. After all, everything that was done in 1792 is already the best there can ever be!

        And then he went his way, cracking his whip to set the horse-drawn buggy in motion.

    2. Each coin is a different size and has a different texture around it’s edges. You don’t have to read them once you know the denominations.

      1. The key is “once you know the denominations”…

        The trouble is knowing the denominations when you haven’t grown up with them.

        The question is, what does it cost to put a frickin’ numeral on them? It’s not like there’s a learner vs power user trade-off like in other user interfaces.

        Every other country (Japan excluded – coins with holes in ’em) seems to have a numeral. Why doesn’t the US?

        Symptom of US hostility to “outsiders”?

    1.  Nope, that means you can actually spend it, unlike precious metals.  Try paying for your Burger Despot meal, or your prescription at the pharmacy, with a few shavings off your gold ingot.  Let us know what happens.   

  6. They should have gone with the younger, more svelte Ben Franklin rather than the older, bloated Ben Franklin near the end of his career.

    1. Probably that’s the point where he was running the first US Mint or something similar. 

  7. Federal Reserve:  After years of concerted effort, we have finally produced a state of the art, unhackable US$100 bill.

    NEWS FLASH:  The new US$100 bill was hacked within 15 minutes of its’ release by a member of 4chan.

  8. Now that’s a fugly bill. I know American’s don’t like too much change but I’m SURE they could have thought a bit and done it better.

    And it’s high time we got rid of “In God We Trust”. I’m getting so tired of inking it out on every bill.

  9. So what? It’s still phony money. In all history, unbacked paper currency has always collapsed within 40 years. The USA is now entering its 42nd year since Nixon abolished gold backing in 1971. Talk about “God bless America!” Two extra years of grace!

  10. And still my grocery store won’t take anything greater a twenty.  Why are we still making paper money again?

  11. You Americans with your cheques (sorry, I mean “checks”) and your paper currency. It’s so quaint! Makes me nostalgic for the 20th century.

  12. When is this country going to get with the rest of the developed world and stop using paper for currency?  Poly based bank notes make a lot more sense and save a ton of money because they’re more durable.

    1. Relative to the worth of a $100 bill, the cost of printing each one is negligible, so durability isn’t really an issue.

      As for why the US Mint is using intaglio presses and rare linen blends, etc., this is one of the few cases where security through obscurity can actually work. Another nation (e.g., North Korea) might be able to round up all the various technologies necessary to exactly duplicate a bill, but even really skilled and well-funded criminals would get caught trying to buy at least one of the dozens of different rare machines necessary. 

      So using more commonly available printing methods isn’t a good thing, from that perspective.

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