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

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On April 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm Les Kerekes said:
Still no brail? Seems like the perfect to add it.

On April 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm mgabrys said:
Agreed on braile – that’s just insanely stupid not to have at this point – and those 3d marks down the middle of the road look horrible. Why not just slap a bar code in the middle of his face while you’re at it. Gawd.

On April 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm slonkak said:
Really? No slideshow? I have to click on each image individually? Really?

On April 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm Ryan Deal said:
slonkak, we’re working on that, the website officially launches on May 1 and we’ve got a whole new design, this is just temporary, sorry about that

On April 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm JamesK said:
“There are about 6.5 billion in circulation. That’s $650,000,000,000″

Uhh, would that not be 6.5 TRILLION total USD?

On April 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm Phil said:
@JamesK

This is a $100 bill, not a $1,000 bill.

Better luck next time.

On April 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm baron said:
Great, but when will they get around to removing the “In god we trust?”

On April 21, 2010 at 6:58 pm Jennifer said:
When I wash it will the color bleed? 😉

On April 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm Steve said:
Alas “In God We Trust” is required by law and good luck getting that repealed AND getting the Treasury to remove it after they no longer have to have it there.

I like that the large 100 on the reverse has been turned sideways, it’s not such a blatant spoilage of the symmetry that way.

On April 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm Jeff said:
This bill is too busy. No one will know the difference between a real note and someone’s crazy made up note. Make the bills less busy but include hidden items.

On April 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm able said:
are they as worthless as the current fiat $100 that the privately owned fed prints like toilet paper?

On April 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm AbCdEfG said:
@JamesK you assclown

On April 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm Don said:
Why is it called a ‘bill’ when the word ‘note’ is printed on it!

On April 22, 2010 at 1:08 am Adam said:
Our money sucks. Inconsistent fonts, no color coordination, poor design. Just compare to other countries and our money looks weak in comparison.

On April 22, 2010 at 1:41 am max said:
if they remove “in god we trust”, I will write it on every bill I get that doesnt have it.

On April 22, 2010 at 2:03 am Cory said:
Yay, now our government has more colorful paper to pay for stuff with! 😀
Am I the only one that thinks it is ugly?
P.S- Baron, sorry about ur luck buddy :), not.

On April 22, 2010 at 2:52 am Brinn said:
Sucks for all those Rap videos that just finished filming. You just got outdated.

On April 22, 2010 at 5:26 am Astin said:
And here I thought that it was conservatives that specialized in the slippery slope logical fallacy.

On April 22, 2010 at 5:27 am Jess said:
I did not realize British bills had Darwin on them. Would love to see that happen here… maybe the religious crazies would move away… ah, to dream.

On April 22, 2010 at 6:22 am KieranMullen said:
Why the comment about George Washington when Ben Franklin is on the one hundred dollar bill and George Washington is on the one dollar bill?

On April 22, 2010 at 6:59 am Sargo Darya said:
Wow, seriously… There’s so much stuff on the bill that it almost looks like a Microsoft product box. What about the HUGE colored 100? Monopoly money???

On April 22, 2010 at 7:02 am Game Critic said:
It seems like the L$100l.00 was “refreshed” about ten years ago. Those counterfeiters must be good.

On April 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm Georg said:
Hey,

ALMOST as cool as our Euros!

Go USA! 🙂

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