The Federal Reserve on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 began supplying financial institutions with a redesigned $100 banknote that incorporates new security features to deter counterfeiters and help businesses and consumers tell whether a note is genuine.
Distance, demand, and the policies of individual financial institutions will influence how quickly the redesigned notes reach businesses and consumers around the world.
According to United States Embassy in Monrovia, “The new design incorporates security features that make it easier to authenticate, but harder to replicate,” quoting Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome H. Powell, to have said.
Powell added: “As the new note transitions into daily transactions, the user-friendly security features will allow the public to more easily verify its authenticity.”
The U.S. Federal Reserve, Department of Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Secret Service partner to redesign Federal Reserve notes to stay ahead of counterfeiting threats, the embassy said.
The redesigned $100 note includes two new security features: a blue 3-D security ribbon with images of bells and 100s, and a color-changing bell in an inkwell. The new features, and additional features retained from the previous design, such as a watermark, offer the public a simple way to visually authenticate the redesigned $100 note.
Consumers worldwide are advised that it is not necessary to trade in older-design $100 notes for new ones. It is U.S. Government policy that all designs of U.S. currency remain legal tender, regardless of when they were issued.