All about the new Benjamin: New $100 bill revealed

The new redesigned $100 bill is being sent out to banks today.

It includes a number of security features– making it harder to counterfeit.

There’s a 3D ribbon strip woven into the bill that runs down the middle and has images of bells within it.

When the note is tilted, the bells change to 100’s.

Another feature is a copper inkwell with a copper bell inside of it.

The bell inside the inkwell changes colors when  tilted.

Federal Reserve officials held a news conference today to point out the security features because they want businesses, as well as the public, to be able to tell if the bills are genuine.

“What we’re trying to do with the new security features is really stay ahead of the counterfeiters,” Donna Dziak of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago told reporters.  “So we have sophisticated security features to be able to do that.”

The  new design was approved in 2009 but some production features delayed the rollout.

The new $100 bill is only available to banks at this time.   Consumers need to check with their financial institutions to find out when  the new bills will be available to the public.

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