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Financial reform arrives: $100 bill gets a facelift

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No, you're not seeing things. And no, we're not in Canada.

What you're seeing is the colorful new $100 bill, unveiled on April 21 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board and the Secret Service.

Why the redesign? In a word, security.

"The redesigned $100 note includes two new advanced counterfeit-deterrent security features," the government explained. "The blue 3-D security ribbon on the front contains images of bells and 100s that move and change from one to the other as you tilt the note. The bell in the inkwell on the front of the note ... changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted, an effect that makes it seem to appear and disappear within the copper inkwell."

Three previous security features remain on the new bill -- the portrait watermark of Benjamin Franklin, the security thread and the color-shifting numeral 100.

That new security ribbon is a little weird, but the rest of the bill looks pretty sharp. And hey, if it frustrates counterfeiters, I say let's print a few boatloads full of 'em.

You can see the new security features in action in this video, and you can read more about the new bill at

What do you think of the new bill?


Bill Sheridan