10 Security Features Of The New $100 Bill

For additional security, you can replace Benjamin Franklin with your own photo.

The new $100 bill. For additional security, you can replace Benjamin Franklin with your own photo.

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.

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51 Responses to 10 Security Features Of The New $100 Bill

  1. Ankur Mithal says:

    Indian government has an even more imaginative plan. Of letting the current depreciate rapidly. The rate at which it is depreciating, the existing notes will not be able to buy anything. Hence the government will need to keep printing larger and larger notes. By the time counterfeiters develop the technology, the note would have become worthless. It is a foolproof scheme. Has already been pioneered in a few African countries, one understands.

    • List of X says:

      Yes, I even have a 100 Trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe (alas, not American dolllars). So yes, the hyperinflation is very effective against the forgers. Unfortunately, that the only thing the quickly depreciating money is usually good for.

  2. bernasvibe says:

    #6 is my fave without a doubt on this one..I’ve too many thoughts on the porn act that Miley performed to even go into it right now in full..But I’ll say this that anyone who found it sexy; is twisted. I don’t mind a good “adult” show done with taste (& a plot! maybe thats cause I’m a woman but it has to have a plot) but to watch someone with the body(& face) of a young, young girl(no hips, tiny breasts, and for sure no booty) in a seductive “act” is less than sexy to me..I care less how old she is in actuality, she has the body of a 9 yr old. Anyways said I wasn’t going to go into it..

    And truth be told I don’t recall the last time I held a $100 bill in my hands..I think thats true even for my friends who make 6 figures a year..So you’re so right on that point. 2 thumbs UP & always a pleasure to read your thoughts*

  3. john zande says:

    #4 made me spit my coffee. Mission accomplished!

  4. Breaking a hundred at a gas station is easier than one might imagine – getting much change back is the tricky part.

    • List of X says:

      Yeah, but I kind of want my change. With all these security features, the Treasury should have just added a credit card-like magnetic strip to a $100 bill, so you would actually be able to pay with $100 at a gas station.

  5. rossmurray1 says:

    Franklin, my dear, this is damn funny.

  6. You assist me in perfecting the “coffee through nose” routine. Will now attempt tea, as per suggestion.

  7. Go Jules Go says:

    Ha! Amen, #7. I’m still not over the redesign of the $20. That shiz is the creepiest thing since Goober:

  8. Katie says:

    HA!!! Number 2.

    I almost wish I still worked at a bank so I could examine these up close. Unless they put them in a museum, I’ll never get to see one.

    • List of X says:

      If museums keep getting as much funding as they get now, they’d probably be able to afford to display only the $1 and $5 bills. Let’s hope you just find a sack of these bills to examine them at your convenience.

  9. These sound great! Why, I’d pay up to $20 for one of these!

    • List of X says:

      I’d pay $20 for one of these, too, but I’ve heard that Federal Reserve hired Apple to circulate these new bills, so Apple will be selling them for $499 with a two year contract.

  10. stephenpruis says:

    Of course all of this high tech ignores the simplest protection. In most countries the larger the denomination, the larger the bill. In this country, we have for ever made all the bills the same size, so counterfeiters would bleach $1 bills and print $20s or $100s on perfect paper. But if the $100 bill is larger than the $1, no can do. So we are stuck with a plastic strip that causes the bill to break in half if pulled on with any force (like when you are trying to explain the conditions that accompany the $20 bill you are handing your teenager.

  11. Sherry says:

    I seldom carry a hundred. I can spend one with little effort however. I am all for the colors…Why not different colors for different denominations. I think that would be smart. Chic as well.

    • List of X says:

      A lot of other countries do that already. But what other countries do has never been much concern for the US of A – universal healthcare or metric system are two other examples.

  12. mairedubhtx says:

    Good to know these things even though I’ll never see a $100 bill.

  13. You can also set them to explode if they get more than fifty feet from your wallet… uh… don’t forget to turn that feature off when you pay you drug dealer…

  14. I am picturing Ben Franklin shake his head at Miley Cyrus in shame and it is awesome. But we don’t know for a fact he would have been ashamed of her… maybe he liked twerking too!

    • List of X says:

      I heard Ben Franklin was very progressive for his time, but Miley’s show would probably be a shock to him, at least initially. Though it’s possible that he would be able to adjust to that, and maybe even propose to make twerking an inalienable constitutional right.

  15. Elyse says:

    This made me think of Lucy — when she gets arrested for counterfeiting in Paris …

  16. I just knew I should have screen cleaner with me before reading! Velcro, dang

  17. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  18. bernasvibe says:

    When time permits I hope you can check out my latest post@ Best Moments & award…I nominated YOU! And hopefully doing so will gain more readers so they can follow you also & enjoy as I do

  19. Bill Carson says:

    Haha. You know, I heard there’s gonna be a new 20 dollar bill with enhanced features as well. Instead of Jackson rolling his eyes when you attempt to break a twenty for a pack of gum, he looks you in the eye and challenges you to a duel.

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    Was die betrifft ich da immer etwas hinterher.

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