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$100 Bill
Karen Gallagher

Have you seen the latest $100 bills?  I just happen to get to actually hold one in my hand the other day, that is before my husband whiskered it away and spent it.

I’m told that they have been around since last October, anyway at first I thought it was fake, you know like monopoly money.

As he handed it to the cashier I looked around for a cop as I was sure I was going directly to jail and not passing go.

I’m not sure I like the new look.

First of all Franklin looks like he is really pissed off or just constipated.

Secondly the blue security ribbon across the front looks like a kindergartener took a marker and drew a line on it.

Here are five things about the new $100 bill that will make you wonder why they are important and how much did it cost us tax payers to do this?

1:  The Blue security ribbon: This is one of two new anti-counterfeit technologies. The ribbon is made up of hundreds of thousands of microlenses, (that just sound expensive) The microlenses cause the icons within it to shift from little Liberty Bells to a “100″ pattern, and back again, as you tilt the bill.

2: Color-changing bell: This I think is extremely important (NOT) A copper-colored inkwell. Inside the inkwell is another Liberty Bell, which changes from copper to green depending on your perspective.

3: Raised printing: Things that make you go WTF? If you run your finger along Ben Franklin’s shoulder, you’ll feel texture. Does it matter?

4:  Microprinting: Yes I think it is important to say USA, but how many times on the front of the bill do you really need to say it? Around Franklin’s jacket collar, you’ll see the words “The United States of America” printed in small type. ”One Hundred USA” runs along the quill in the background. And the outline of the familiar portrait watermark is made up of “USA 100.”

5:  Redesigned back: This might be the funniest one of all.  Hey here’s an idea, let’s give the bad guys a heads up so they can change their plates to still cheat us.The other side of the bill features a much larger denomination indicator, and instead of showing the front of Independence Hall, the new $100 bill shows the building from the rear. It’s meant to force would-be counterfeiters to change all of the plates they use to print fake money, an expensive undertaking.

What do you think of the new $100 bills?

 

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