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New $100 bills contain plethora of security features

After a multi-year delay, the newly designed $100 is preparing to make its debut. With only a few months until the bill is released this fall, many people are eager to see the latest edition of American currency and use it for purchasing, which calls for merchants to have an updated cash counter on hand.

High-tech anti-forgery features
To combat counterfeiting, the Federal Reserve created a variety of security details. More than a decade was spent researching and developing the most updated techniques and anti-forgery components seen on the new bill. Merchants, financial institutions and consumers will notice the following updates that will make it simpler to detect fake notes:

3D ribbon: A blue ribbon will run vertically down the front of bill next to Benjamin Franklin's portrait. When the bill is tilted, viewers will notice the bells in the strip change to $100​ numerals. This is a major security feature that makes it especially difficult for counterfeiters to reproduce an accurate copy of the currency.

Updated portrait: Unlike older $100 bills, Franklin's portrait on the new version is raised slightly to prevent illegal printing. However, that's not the only difference people may notice - his eyes have been made more lifelike to make it easier for people to recognize a false bill with a face that doesn't look quite right.

Micro-printing: One feature that may be impossible for most people to even notice is in Franklin's collar. "United States of America" is said to be micro-printed there, but it may take a special zooming tool to get close enough to view it.

New side of Independence Hall. Most people may not realize the back of the new bill has undergone a makeover for the first time since 1929. The flip side of the note used to feature the front side of Independence Hall, but the new version showcases the back of the building, a switch that throws off counterfeiters. The time on the bell tower clock will also change - on older versions it read 4:10, but on the latest version the clock will read 10:30.

Bell in the inkwell: A large, copper-colored inkwell will be prominently featured on the front of the note, and inside this inkwell users will see a color-shifting bell. When the currency is tilted, this bell changes from copper, the same color as the inkwell, to green.

July 23, 2013