As you might know, this October the United States Treasury is planning to release a redesigned $100 bill into circulation. In order to protect the banknote from forgery, the redesigned bill will have multiple security features. Since it’s unlikely that many of us will ever have these notes in our possession (especially the American readers), it’s better to be prepared in advance to recognize whether the note is real in case one of these new bills does end up in your hands. Here are 10 of the security features of the redesigned $100 bill.
1) The new note has more colors than the old one, because, according to the FBI, few counterfeiters own color printers. The colors won’t fade even when this money is laundered.
2) Benjamin Franklin on the portrait will visibly roll his eyes whenever you ask to break this $100 bill at a gas station or a convenience store.
3) The bill has a Velcro strip that will help secure the banknote inside your pocket.
4) A section of the note will be in 3D. This section can be viewed with 3D glasses and $14.50 admission.
5) The sentence “This note is legal tender for all debts public and private” will include the following text in tiny letters “(Unless the Republicans fail to raise the debt ceiling in October)”.
6) Benjamin Franklin looks sadder than on the old $100 bill. The Founding Father will turn even sadder when the banknote is facing a computer screen or TV showing a video of Miley Cyrus’ performance at the Video Music Awards.
7) Just like the older version, the newly redesigned $100 bill will give you a distinct impression that you can buy less with it every year.
8) Phrase “In God We Trust”, also known as the Republican plan for improving the economy, will change colors when the note is soaked in holy water.
9) The bill will contain a tiny tracking chip, which, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is only implanted there to help you track your spending.
10) In order to decisively thwart counterfeiters’ efforts for years, the official release of the new $100 bill will be delayed until 2018.