WASHINGTON - (AP) After six decades in which the venerable greenback never changed its look, the U.S. currency has undergone a slew of makeovers. The most amazing is yet to come.
A new security thread has been approved for the $100 bill, The Associated Press has learned, and the change will cause double-takes.
The new look is part of an effort to thwart counterfeiters who are armed with ever-more sophisticated computers, scanners and color copiers. The C-note, with features the likeness of Benjamin Franklin, is the most frequent target of counterfeiters operating outside the United States.
The operation of the new security thread looks like something straight out of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This magic, however, relies on innovations produced from decades of development.
It combines micro-printing with tiny lenses — 650,000 for a single $100 bill. The lenses magnify the micro-printing in a truly remarkable way.
Move the bill side to side and the image appears to move up and down. Move the bill up and down and the image appears to move from side to side.
"It is a really complex optical structure on a microscopic scale. It makes for a very compelling high security device," said Douglas Crane, a vice president at Crane & Co. The Dalton, Mass-based company has a $46 million contract to produce the new security threads.
The redesign of the $100 is about one-third of the way complete. The bill is expected to go into circulation late next year.
finally first but its because no one cares about this topic but who cares
i would like to thank all those who helped me make it here to my husban i love you boo, and to my baby boys your moms finally made it. BALLING!!!LMAO
HA HA HA 1ST!!! (LAME)
Who cares??? it money and it going to spend the same for me.
Fast as HELL!!!
WOW!!! so interesting. I should be a writer for mediatakeout i got better stories than this lol
Wow. That was really something to read about! I am so excited, because I am not going to spend that $100 bill. I am going to frame it and hang it on my wall!
I bet there are subliminal and some type of hynopsis affect it has on your mind.. Create a new Bill for Security purposes My AZZZ....
it probably costs 200 dollars to make each bill.
that dollar bill is a tracking device for the government just like the new passports and the new national id cards becoming manditory may 2008 wake the f!!*** up
Well hell...that's it...I want all my money in NICKELS AND DIMES! This is creepy!
i dont give a damm what they do to them...just as long as they still accept them at Irvings gentlemens club....Im good!!
Well unless I can get all of the following with ONE "magic" one-hundred dollar bill:
a new house
a new car
pay the light bill
pay the gas bill
pay the phone bill
pay the cable bill
buy my son's school clothes
pay my culinary school monthly tuition fees
it ain't magic.
As long as the picture is Franklin and not Dumbledore that's all the magic I need.
Speaking of Harry Potter, maybe I'll download prisoner of azkerban to my iphone at www.pimpmynewiphone.com
instead of spending all this time wroking on how to keep people from counterfeiting, they need to eliminate the poverty in world then they won't have to worry about people trying to get fake money
i co sign with icandy on this one
i wonder how much of our tax money is being wasted with this nonsense...
whatever it is, hope I get one.
ohhh so they were too busy planning this instead of helping people in hurricane katrina tht explains our priorities r really fu/cked up *** im moving to tokyo
ps. HAPPY B-DAY CASSIE!!!!!!!!
The government doesn't print or have any control over money. It's printed by the federal reserve which is actually a private bank that has no government sanctions. People had already found a way to make new counterfeit bills so this is another security update to keep their money safe.
I guess my freehand drawings of G.W. on fake money won't pass muster anymore, huh?
And since I've been drawing G.W. and he doesn't look like Ben Franklin, it's never worked out for me.
will it be magical *** attract more hundreds to our *** pockets!! if not., then who cares !!
Now the government is gonna go spend millions if not billions of dollars on this nonsense. GO FIX THE HOUSE DOWN IN LOUISIANNA....
Wow, now we gone waste old money on making new money...lol. www.diamondmonkey.com
DAT *** PROLLY GOT SOMETHIN IN IT SO THEY CAN SPY ON US
If this new $100 bill can't magically turn into $1000 or clean my house, it ain't magic.
WAKE UP! THIS AIN't NEWS...ENTERTAINment is a DIVERSION of REALTY!WAKE UP to WHAT really MATTERS!!!!!!
@BSNEED23 WHAT YOU DONT UNDERSTAND IS THAT EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH SOMETHING... THE GOVERNMENT THE FEDERAL RESERVE THEY WORK TOGETHER... "FEDERAL IS THE GOVERNMENT". THIS "MAGICAL" BILL WILL BE EASILY DUPLICATED BY COUNTERFEITERS WHICH WILL CAUSE AMERICA TO BE IN DEBT. (AND THAT MY FRIEND WILL BE THE EXCUSE FOR A CASHLESS SOCIETY, BETTER KNOWN AS THE (***.W.O.:NEW WORLD ORDER.... THEY ARE WORKING THEIR WAY UP TO THIS WITH THE NATIONAL ID CARDS WHICH ARE ON THE WAY... **WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS** REMEMBER THAT MONEY IS THE ROOT TO ALL EVIL... THIS MAGICAL NEW BILL IS THE BEGINNING TO THE END%)
Doesnt matter people will always make counterfeit money...as long as computers are accessable!....
I have always known that they work together but, they have some people fooled thinking that it is run by the government because of their name. They work with the government but, the federal reserve is still a 100% private owned bank. Of course there will be a way to copy this money eventually and you're right they are trying to head towards no cash in the future. I was saying that this new bill is just another way for them to protect their investment right now. The national ID card takes effect in march of next year and all government workers and military have already converted over to this card with the chip containing all our information. You're preaching to the choir but, I wonder if anyone else will wake up before they give us all the same chip to use for money and information that is included in all passports made after 06. It's not even a theory, all newer passports have a tracking chip in them for safety purposes.
WHY IS EVERYONE URGING US TO GET INVOLVED IN THE JENA 6 SITUATION, JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE SENTENCING. WHERE WAS EVERYONE WHEN THIS FIRST HAPPENED. WHAT CAN ACTUALLY BE DONE NOW. WHY HASNT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOT INVOLVED IN THIS MATTER. STOP ACTING LIKE YOU REALLY CARE BECAUSE YOU DONT. NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE LIVES OF BLACK PEOPLE. NOT EVEN BLACK PEOPLE. WE ARE CONSTANTLY LETTING WHITE PEOPLE PUNK THE SHH OUT OF US, WHILE WE SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING...AND THEN AT THE LAST MINUTE YOU ALL ACT LIKE YOU REALLY GIVE A ***. WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET INVOLVED WHEN THIS SHHH FIRST WENT DOWN. WAKE UP BLACK FOLKS. IF WE CONTINUE AT THIS RATE, WE WILL BE BACK IN SLAVERY.
This new 100 dollar bill is secured with 3-D ribbon. And it said to be a challenge for the government to go ahead of counterfeiters. I fully understand the need to continuously change our money with the technology counterfeiters have, but it seems a bit redundant. My question I have is how does the government plan on stopping the circulation of the $100 bills already out there? There's nevertheless $100 bills passing through my hands from 4 designs ago, so what is to stop the <a title="New 100 dollar bill debuts to help fight counterfeit rings" href="[link to external website removed] from continuing to make the older version anyway, at least until they determine how to make the new one. With all of the fake hundreds they can make, they have plenty to finance their research for making the new ones.