Starting October 8, there’s going to be a new $100 bill in the nation’s wallets. The new bills, delayed since 2010, include improved security features to thwart counterfeiters, such as 3D ribbon, a second picture of Benjamin Franklin that can be seen in the light, and a “100” in the bottom right that shifts color. A complete list of the new features is available here.
The advanced notice on the intro to the new bill is meant to give everyone a chance to learn about these security features and how to detect them. The $100 bill is the most popular bank note in the world, according to Quartz, so these new Benjamins will be spreading far and wide. The site says 80 percent of all US currency is the $100 bill (they’re popular with drug traffickers, apparently).
This is only the fourth time we’ve had a $100 redesign. Three of them have taken place in the last 20 years in order to keep up with all of the developments in funny money, according to CNN. We don’t really care how it looks as long as we can have a few.