United States one hundred dollar bill
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Size: 197 x 66 mm
The United States one hundred dollar bill ($100) is a denomination of United States currency. U.S. statesman, inventor and diplomat Benjamin Franklin is currently featured on the obverse of the bill. On the reverse of the banknote is an image of Independence Hall. The time on the clock according to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, shows approximately 4:10 on the older contemporary notes and 10:30 on the series 2009A notes. If the time is converted to a date (April 10), it is possible that the time was chosen because April 10th is the 100th day of the year.
The numeral four on the clock face is incorrectly written as "IV" whereas the real Independence Hall clock face has "IIII". (See Roman numerals in clocks.) The bill is one of two current notes that does not feature a President of the United States; the other is the United States ten-dollar bill, featuring Alexander Hamilton. It is the largest denomination that has been in circulation since July 14, 1969, when the higher denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 were retired.The Bureau of Engraving and Printing says the average life of a $100 bill in circulation is 89 months (7 years) before it is replaced due to wear and tear.
The bills are also commonly referred to as "Benjamins", in reference to the use of Benjamin Franklin,s portrait on the denomination, or "C-Notes", based on the Roman numeral for 100.
Approximately 29% of all notes produced in 2009 were $100 bills. One hundred hundred-dollar bills are delivered by Federal Reserve Banks in mustard-colored straps ($10,000).
The Series 2009 $100 bill redesign was unveiled on April 21, 2010, and was to be issued to the public in February 11, 2011, but production was shut down in December 2010 because as many as 30% were unusable due to a manufacturing flaw. A vertical crease in the paper reveals a blank space on the bill when pulled out. The new release date is October 8, 2013 and The Federal Reserve began supplying financial institutions with a redesigned 100 United States dollar note.
Security features can help you to tell if a 100 US dollar bill is fake or real.
3-D Security Ribbon
Look for a blue ribbon on the front of the 100 US dollar bill. Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.
Bell in the Inkwell
Look for an image of a color-shifting bell, inside a copper-colored inkwell, on the front of the new 100 US dollar bill. Tilt it to see the bell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.
Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the note shift from copper to green.
Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of Benjamin Franklin in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from either side of the note.
Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread that runs vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible along the thread from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.
Symbols of Freedom
The new 100 dollar bill’s American symbols of freedom—phrases from the Declaration of Independence and the quill the Founding Fathers used to sign the historic document—are found to the right of the portrait.
Updated Portrait and Vignette
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, remains on the front of the new 100 US dollar bill. On the back, there is a new vignette of Independence Hall featuring the back, rather than the front, of the building. The ovals around the portrait and the vignette have been removed and the images have been enlarged.
Look carefully for small printed words which appear on Benjamin Franklin’s jacket collar, around the blank space where the portrait watermark appears, along the golden quill, and in the note borders.
Federal Reserve Indicators
A universal seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System. A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the issuing Federal Reserve Bank. There are 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks and 24 branches located in major cities throughout the United States.
The unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the bill. Because they are unique identifiers, serial numbers help law enforcement identify counterfeit notes, and they also help the Bureau of Engraving and Printing track quality standards for the notes they produce
Under UV light
The security thread of the redesigned 100 United states dollars will show up and glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light. Banknote paper absorbs the UV light.
Large gold 100
Look for a large gold numeral 100 on the back of the 100 United States Dollar note. It helps to assist the visually impaired in detecting the note by touch.
(info for older series of US Dollars click here)