'Smart' $100 bills prepare for late release after paper-feed glitch: Images

'Smart' $100 bills prepare for late release after paper-feed glitch: Images

Summary: An error with money printing press paper feeds in 2010 cost the government millions of dollars and delayed the debut of $100 bills that contain many innovative, new security features.

TOPICS: Government, Printers

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  • (Image: Moneyfactory.gov)

    Rear backlight

    Here's the back of a bill through a backlight. Notice the faint images of Franklin.

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    Golden 100

    On the back, there's a large golden 100 to help those who are visually impaired.

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    On top is the current $100 bill, and below is the $100 bill used from 1990-96.

Topics: Government, Printers

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  • The Federal Reserve does a Windows Vista act...

    No wonder everything's all mess up... even the Fed Reserve is doing things "the Microsoft Way".

    I guess this release (100.0.1) will be a mere service pack and the FR will need a mayor redesign in the next couple of years (100.1).

    Then they will declare that paper money is obsolete and all's for plastic money. The new bill will have a plastic sleeve on top, but will require the user to retrieve the paper equivalent inside, for compatibility sake. Everybody will use the pre 2013 bills. Some poor souls will use Yens or Euros. The rest will switch to Yuans, Rupies, Rubles, Reais or Bitcoins.
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    • Wow... Bott's law invoked on the first post.

      Nice job.
      Hallowed are the Ori
    • LOL!

      bitcoins! thats it right there. Ur money will be a .dat file LOL! that made me laugh.
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  • In less than a year, China or someone else will have made this money

    And we will be back to square one. It seems the more 'security' we add on to these things, the less secure they actually get.
    • That's already history!

      Mexico has been using most (if not all) of this features for the past 10-15 years... It even uses a two part map (part on the front side and the other on the backside) that is completed when seen with a backlight.
      Marcelo Galas
  • How appropriate...

    The images are courtesy of moneyfactory.gov.

    What an appropriate name.
    Hallowed are the Ori
  • Money Security

    Has anyone ever seen a bill being checked with its built in security features? All I ever seen is a quick swipe with a starch-iodine test pen and all that tells you is if the bill or copier paper or not. The features are expensive and if they are not used why have them?
    • if only...

      can yo imagine standing in line at the walmart waiting for the cashier to whip out their black light and IR light to check these bills? and then put them in an animation wheel to verify the bells do in fact dance as the spin? :P
      Keithy Huntington
      • Wallmart... Really?

        And please explain to me just how often $100 bills are spent at Walmart?
        • Spent at WallyWorld?

          . . . $100.00's are laundered at Walmart.
      • Not a problem...

        Big box stores like Walmart can have their black light and other scanners built into the cash register; just hold the bill an extra second on the way into the cash drawer.

        As for the animation features, you would not need a wheel, just keep an eye on the bill and rock your wrist back and forth with it. The color changes might even be obvious from the natural flopping of the bill as you hold it.

        And yes, even aside from the "laundering" someone else mentioned, some professionals such as truckers do keep all their current expense money in cash, and would get out a hundred to buy a $75 item, for example. And truckers certainly would be likely to shop at Walmart; besides, what applies to Walmart also applies to those truck stop mega-stores just off interstate exits.
    • Yes....

      $100 bills get checked all the time, which is why they are the least counterfeited bill. Statistically speaking, $5 and $10 bills are the most counterfeited bill, because no one ever checks them.

      Additionally, with more and more places offering self check out, these security measures that are added can be checked electronically with no extra time being taken. I have also seen Walmart and other places have machines that they insert the bills into that automate the checking process.
    • Not a waste of time

      We use the security features all the time. Just hold the bill up to the light and check the watermarks and strips. Easy for reatailers.
    • The pen is worthless in the wrong hands

      The Bureau of Printing and Engraving has changed paper formulations over time. I was once subjected to the humiliation of several $100 FRNs being rejected at the post office as being "counterfeit" when I tried to purchase a money order. The USPS clerk used one of those pens and sneeringly told me the bills were no good. I brought them to the bank where I had received them; they took the bills into a back room and a few minutes later returned them to me, saying they were, indeed, genuine, but due to a paper formulation change, bills issued before a certain date appear to be "counterfeit" by the chemical testing pen method. They also said it's up to the employer to train their clerks to know how to properly use their counterfeit detection tools, but many employers fail to do that.
      Tony R.
  • Reminds me of a story...

    A hundred and a single met on the conveyor belt going to the shredder after being turned in as worn out. The single said, "Wow, you must have an exciting life!" The hundred replied, "Yes, I've been to casinos all over the world, fine restaurants, humid tropical drug dealer hideouts, and even a men's room stall in the Minneapolis airport. It's been a good life, and I'm tired and ready to die. Where have you been?" The single replied, "Well, there's Walmart, Target, grocery stores like Publix, a Methodist church, a Baptist church, a Catholic church ..." "Whoa," the hundred interrupted. "What's a church?"
  • Most security features are already used elsewhere

    Look at most major currencies like Euro, Rupee etc and their notes contains large number of security features. I was amazed at simplicity (or lack of security features) in USD notes.

    As someone pointed above, what's point of putting so many features where a common man cannot verify it without spending time and money.
  • New version of the 100? Why??

    I don't see a clamoring of counter fitters anxiously awaiting a chance to counterfeit our money. It isn't worth the paper a counterfeiter would use for his "product".
    • You are so right

      "It isn't worth the paper a counterfeiter would use for his "product"."

      I'll make a deal with you, you send me all of your worthless money and I'll send you a ream of the finest paper available at Office Depot. According to you you'll be getting the better of the deal. Me, I'll just have to suffer the indignity of putting the money in my bank.
    • you don't see them

      there fore they do exist