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joeshell383
Apr 21, 2010, 11:41 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/New100front.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b7/New100back.jpg

$100 bill gets a makeover to fight fakes
Ben Franklin's face still graces the currency, but some other images change

WASHINGTON - The folks who print America's money have designed a high-tech makeover of the $100 bill. It's part of an effort to stay ahead of counterfeiters as technology becomes more sophisticated and more dollars flow overseas, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36687863/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/

NewMoney.gov

Craiglorocks
Apr 21, 2010, 02:10 PM
I like it. Would be nice to have a few in my pocket right now. :cool:

gibbz
Apr 21, 2010, 02:11 PM
Do they need any beta testers?

GoCubsGo
Apr 21, 2010, 02:12 PM
Not bad but I never understood the need to totally redesign money. Security features notwithstanding they should leave it as it is.

On another note, will my money have the word "specimen" written on it if I were to scan it?

yg17
Apr 21, 2010, 02:15 PM
On another note, will my money have the word "specimen" written on it if I were to scan it?

Actually, if Photoshop detects currency, it won't even open the image. I tried to scan in a 20 out of boredom (and because I heard about that Photoshop "feature" and wanted to see if it was true) and it gave me a message about how counterfeiting money is bad and wouldn't open the file.

GoCubsGo
Apr 21, 2010, 02:16 PM
^ What version and a scanner will scan, it doesn't "detect" what it is scanning.

djellison
Apr 21, 2010, 02:36 PM
I tried to photocopy come UK money once - it just produced blank pages.

iAlan
Apr 21, 2010, 02:40 PM
I tried to photocopy come UK money once - it just produced blank pages.

That's about what the Pound is worth anyways.....


...and I like my plastic Australian Dollars!

calderone
Apr 21, 2010, 02:43 PM
I see "In God We Trust" is still present.

su12
Apr 21, 2010, 02:48 PM
Thank god for that.


At least we can preserve some of our founding ideologies in the United States today.

calderone
Apr 21, 2010, 02:50 PM
Thank god for that.


At least we can preserve some of our founding ideologies in the United States today.

Really? Founding ideologies?

http://www.ustreas.gov/education/fact-sheets/currency/in-god-we-trust.shtml

Cursor
Apr 21, 2010, 03:24 PM
Fed Notes sure are getting colorful. I'm sure if Franklin knew his images was on these things, though, he'd be disgusted.

The US Constitution states:

The Congress shall have power to...coin money, regulate the value thereof.

No State shall...make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.

Gotta go, I hear the PRSI forum calling.

obeygiant
Apr 21, 2010, 03:29 PM
Really? Founding ideologies?

http://www.ustreas.gov/education/fact-sheets/currency/in-god-we-trust.shtml

Actually your website you linked to explains when and why "In God We Trust" was put on the bills and coins themselves, but I didn't see anything about the religious underpinnings of the founders of the United States.

mingoglia
Apr 21, 2010, 03:31 PM
I assumed Obama's face would be on it? Or are they releasing a trillion dollar bill? :rolleyes:

cantthinkofone
Apr 21, 2010, 03:34 PM
Fed Notes sure are getting colorful. I'm sure if Franklin knew his images was on these things, though, he'd be disgusted.

The US Constitution states:

The Congress shall have power to...coin money, regulate the value thereof.

No State shall...make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.

Gotta go, I hear the PRSI forum calling.

He would probably blow a few gaskets when he read "Federal Reserve" on the paper too.

theBB
Apr 21, 2010, 03:42 PM
On another note, will my money have the word "specimen" written on it if I were to scan it?
No, but your scanner may call FBI and confess to the crime on your behalf. :)

BobRichards
Apr 21, 2010, 04:19 PM
I like it, it looks snazzy

su12
Apr 21, 2010, 04:28 PM
Thank god for that.


At least we can preserve some of our founding ideologies in the United States today.

Eraserhead
Apr 21, 2010, 05:25 PM
That's about what the Pound is worth anyways.....


...and I like my plastic Australian Dollars!

The pound is still worth significantly more than the Australian Dollar...

The dollar does need to improve its security, the only way to check that the money is real is to check the paper feel between your fingers, it would be nice if there was at least a watermark as well, like the British have with the Queens head.

I'd guess more security than that is needed on the US$100 bill as its worth a substantial amount.

drewsof07
Apr 21, 2010, 08:31 PM
it would be nice if there was at least a watermark as well, like the British have with the Queens head.


Umm...
http://homepage.mac.com/aireck/miXscope/200610/ten.png

As far as I know, all bills down to the $5 (maybe even $1) have a watermark like the above.

ZachsMacDaddy
Apr 21, 2010, 08:44 PM
Do they need any beta testers?

Really. I would like to volunteer to test these bills out. Just send me about 5 stacks of them so I can begin a limited test distribution and assist in random validity checks. First test will be a rather large one at the Apple store!

obeygiant
Apr 21, 2010, 08:49 PM
Changes in the $100 bill since 1860
(http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-100-dollar-bill-apr21,0,151903.photogallery)

eawmp1
Apr 21, 2010, 08:50 PM
Thank god for that.


At least we can preserve some of our founding ideologies in the United States today.

And thank you for dumping us into PRSI land!

Chundles
Apr 21, 2010, 08:56 PM
Not bad but I never understood the need to totally redesign money. Security features notwithstanding they should leave it as it is.

On another note, will my money have the word "specimen" written on it if I were to scan it?

They need to make it more accessible for people with vision impairments.

Ours are brightly coloured, have large numerals for the denominations and are of increasing size as the value goes up. Makes it much easier for blind and vision impaired people to use the currency.

RawBert
Apr 22, 2010, 12:35 AM
Can't wait to roll one up and snort some lines.

Abyssgh0st
Apr 22, 2010, 12:55 AM
This thing is great.. surprised they didn't revamp this years ago with the other bills.

bradl
Apr 22, 2010, 01:33 AM
That's about what the Pound is worth anyways.....


...and I like my plastic Australian Dollars!

+100000

I don't know why the hell the USA hasn't gone to anything like the polymers the Australian dollar has.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banknotes_of_the_Australian_dollar

First off, being plastic/polymer kills the idea of having the right like/kind of paper, which is the first deterrent for counterfeits. Second, the holographic/transparent images are very hard to duplicate. Third, the feel of the bill helps those who are blind to recognize which bill is which. Fourth, the colour makes it easy to know which is which for everyone else.

As far as western cultures go, the US is way behind the curve on this.

BL.

obeygiant
Apr 22, 2010, 08:07 AM
Can't wait to roll one up and snort some lines.

Boom Baby! I can feel the drip already.

ucfgrad93
Apr 22, 2010, 09:14 AM
Do they need any beta testers?

Good one. I would also like to beta test this.:D

Mac'nCheese
Apr 22, 2010, 09:18 AM
Thank god for that.


At least we can preserve some of our founding ideologies in the United States today.

Like the one about separation of church and state?

Mousse
Apr 22, 2010, 10:23 AM
Umm...
http://homepage.mac.com/aireck/miXscope/200610/ten.png

As far as I know, all bills down to the $5 (maybe even $1) have a watermark like the above.

Yep. The watermark is supposed to be the same as the portrait on the bill. So a $5 would have a Lincoln watermark, a $20 a Jackson watermark. The $1000 doesn't have a Grover Cleveland watermark (at least the bill I've got). I haven't gotten my mits on the $10,000 or the $100,000 bills yet.:( I've heard rumors of a $1,000,000 bill but I've only seen that in Leisure Suit Larry 2.;)

Eraserhead
Apr 22, 2010, 02:49 PM
Yep. The watermark is supposed to be the same as the portrait on the bill. So a $5 would have a Lincoln watermark, a $20 a Jackson watermark.

I think I may have had some older notes that didn't have those security features :o. Maybe also the US banknotes aren't quite as obvious as other currencies.

Darth.Titan
Apr 22, 2010, 03:14 PM
Umm...
As far as I know, all bills down to the $5 (maybe even $1) have a watermark like the above.
Yep. The watermark is supposed to be the same as the portrait on the bill. So a $5 would have a Lincoln watermark, a $20 a Jackson watermark. The $1000 doesn't have a Grover Cleveland watermark (at least the bill I've got). I haven't gotten my mits on the $10,000 or the $100,000 bills yet.:( I've heard rumors of a $1,000,000 bill but I've only seen that in Leisure Suit Larry 2.;)
Read his whole post:
The dollar does need to improve its security, the only way to check that the money is real is to check the paper feel between your fingers, it would be nice if there was at least a watermark as well, like the British have with the Queens head.

While we've been through quite a few currency redesigns over the last decade or so, but the $1 bill has received no attention since 1963.

Eraserhead
Apr 22, 2010, 03:29 PM
While we've been through quite a few currency redesigns over the last decade or so, but the $1 bill has received no attention since 1963.

It was about the dollar to a reasonable extent as I had a lot of dollar notes when I went travelling, but it was about the larger notes too.

Counterfit
Apr 23, 2010, 01:27 AM
I think counterfeiting (oh hay, I spelled it right! :p) $1 bills would cost more per bill than they're worth. It would really only be something used for an attack on a currency, and that still wouldn't be very effective.

I can see it now: foreign agents taking wads of fake singles to strip clubs. :D

Nermal
Apr 23, 2010, 01:35 AM
Fed Notes sure are getting colorful.

Hahaha :D

Ours are much more colourful :)

http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/news/1999/0077363-2.gif

Eraserhead
Apr 23, 2010, 02:37 AM
I think counterfeiting (oh hay, I spelled it right! :p) $1 bills would cost more per bill than they're worth.

I've seen fake $1 notes in Cambodia.

eastercat
Apr 23, 2010, 08:37 AM
Not bad but I never understood the need to totally redesign money. Security features notwithstanding they should leave it as it is.US money has been sorely in need of a redesign. It's easier to counterfeit and it's difficult for people with disabilities to use.
For example, if you're blind there's no difference in size or texture between the bills. How are you supposed to know what is a $100 and what's a $20? The different sizes would also help those who are color blind and/or have poor vision.
Although it wouldn't be useful for people with color blindness, different colored bills makes it so much easier for people who have poor vision.
There's other features, like using a material similar to Australia's money, that a real redesign could implement. Also, if the treasury did a real overhaul, then they wouldn't have to do this patchwork nonsense.

MacNut
Apr 25, 2010, 01:35 PM
Each year the money has less and less green on it.

63dot
Apr 25, 2010, 02:18 PM
Do they need any beta testers?

...in using them, or faking them? ;)

I like the new $100 dollar bills, and others.

They kind of look like most European and Asian money from way, way back. The last step would be to have slightly different sizes to help the visually impaired.

63dot
Apr 25, 2010, 02:23 PM
+100000

I don't know why the hell the USA hasn't gone to anything like the polymers the Australian dollar has.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banknotes_of_the_Australian_dollar



HA, I know those Wombats had a use for used condoms and latex gloves from the proto's office! ;)

alphaod
Apr 25, 2010, 02:31 PM
Actually, if Photoshop detects currency, it won't even open the image. I tried to scan in a 20 out of boredom (and because I heard about that Photoshop "feature" and wanted to see if it was true) and it gave me a message about how counterfeiting money is bad and wouldn't open the file.

Photoshop didn't even let me open these "beta" samples. :p

Gasu E.
May 28, 2010, 12:32 PM
They need to make it more accessible for people with vision impairments.

Ours are brightly coloured, have large numerals for the denominations and are of increasing size as the value goes up. Makes it much easier for blind and vision impaired people to use the currency.

What about blind drunk people?

Gasu E.
May 28, 2010, 12:34 PM
Hahaha :D

Ours are much more colourful :)

http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/news/1999/0077363-2.gif

Isn't that the guy from the "Monty Python" opening?

longball11
May 28, 2010, 08:40 PM
oooooo cooool

bobertoq
May 29, 2010, 02:32 AM
Really? Founding ideologies?

http://www.ustreas.gov/education/fact-sheets/currency/in-god-we-trust.shtmlPffft. You liberals and your facts... :rolleyes:

Personally, I think that giant 100 on the back looks silly. All those security features are ugly, too. Wouldn't mind having a few of them, though.

Eraserhead
May 29, 2010, 03:28 AM
Personally, I think that giant 100 on the back looks silly. All those security features are ugly, too.

Then you don't know if the money is real or not.

GuyNextDoor
May 29, 2010, 10:06 AM
I see "In God We Trust" is still present.

A Sharpie can fix that.

miles01110
May 29, 2010, 10:09 AM
For example, if you're blind there's no difference in size or texture between the bills. How are you supposed to know what is a $100 and what's a $20?

Sounds like an episode of ABC's "What would you do?" Have someone posing as a blind person buy something in a store and hand the clerk a series of bills asking them to take the correct amount for the purchase.

...that show is awful.

Zombie Acorn
May 29, 2010, 10:41 AM
Fed Notes sure are getting colorful. I'm sure if Franklin knew his images was on these things, though, he'd be disgusted.

The US Constitution states:

The Congress shall have power to...coin money, regulate the value thereof.

No State shall...make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.

Gotta go, I hear the PRSI forum calling.

Ben Franklin made quite a bit of money printing paper money.

Ttownbeast
May 29, 2010, 03:08 PM
...and I like my plastic Australian Dollars!

I gotta admit those are kinda cool

niuniu
May 29, 2010, 03:19 PM
iPhone + Starbucks is way cooler than your plastic Aussie note :p

tflournoy95
May 29, 2010, 03:28 PM
Yep. The watermark is supposed to be the same as the portrait on the bill. So a $5 would have a Lincoln watermark, a $20 a Jackson watermark. The $1000 doesn't have a Grover Cleveland watermark (at least the bill I've got). I haven't gotten my mits on the $10,000 or the $100,000 bills yet.:( I've heard rumors of a $1,000,000 bill but I've only seen that in Leisure Suit Larry 2.;)

are those still legal tender? like could you spend one?

Jaro65
May 29, 2010, 10:42 PM
A Sharpie can fix that.

I'll need to get a few more of those then.

dmmcintyre3
Jun 6, 2010, 09:29 PM
Photoshop didn't even let me open these "beta" samples. :p

Pixelmator does open them.

Ttownbeast
Jun 6, 2010, 10:16 PM
are those still legal tender? like could you spend one?

The ones still in existence are legal tender worth face value (worth more than face value by collectors) but the mints no longer print anything higher than a 100 dollar note anymore, my pop used to run around with five 500 dollar notes in his wallet for emergencies while that denomination was still in print.

KingYaba
Jun 7, 2010, 03:56 AM
That big orange 100 on the side looks tacky as hell.

Les Kern
Jun 7, 2010, 08:11 AM
Thank god for that.
At least we can preserve some of our founding ideologies in the United States today.

I wonder if you're curious enough to know the facts?

Les Kern
Jun 7, 2010, 08:13 AM
Pffft. You liberals and your facts... :rolleyes:


I know... it's tough to live in a world where those pesky facts get in the way of so MANY beliefs.

Labaguette
Jun 8, 2010, 03:07 AM
Most beautiful bill in the world:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/100_DM_1996.jpg

God i wish we still had these :-/

pianojoe
Jun 8, 2010, 04:49 PM
Most beautiful bill in the world:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/100_DM_1996.jpg

God i wish we still had these :-/

Clara was always my favorite.

Hemingray
Jun 8, 2010, 05:28 PM
Yep. The watermark is supposed to be the same as the portrait on the bill. So a $5 would have a Lincoln watermark, a $20 a Jackson watermark. The $1000 doesn't have a Grover Cleveland watermark (at least the bill I've got). I haven't gotten my mits on the $10,000 or the $100,000 bills yet.:( I've heard rumors of a $1,000,000 bill but I've only seen that in Leisure Suit Larry 2.;)

Large denomination bills (above $100) were discontinued in 1969, long before they implemented watermarks. The biggest denomination bill you will ever be able to obtain is the $10,000 bill. The largest bill ever printed was the $100,000 gold certificate bill (picturing Woodrow Wilson), which was never released into public circulation. The government has every single one of them and you'll never get one. Sorry!

All denominations above $100 are still legal tender, but you'd be a fool to spend them, because once the Bureau of Engraving & Printing gets ahold of them they're destroyed.

Lotsa neat pictures here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_denominations_of_United_States_currency

Shotgun OS
Jun 9, 2010, 01:26 AM
That big orange 100 on the side looks tacky as hell.

Agreed.

I think it looks like garbage.

longball11
Jun 10, 2010, 11:39 PM
When are we going to have electronic dollars instead cc and cash?

Gonzo3333
Jun 11, 2010, 12:39 AM
Can't wait to roll one up and snort some lines.

^^

Ha ha ha

aethelbert
Jun 11, 2010, 01:13 AM
God i wish we still had these :-/
heh, you silly Euro users. Get real! meh, never mind it. Our currency is getting pounded somewhat now as well. Screw your ECB!

As for me, I'm quite anxious to see the official release of the ninth series of the swiss franc. Even these drafts (http://www.snb.ch/en/iabout/cash/newcash/id/cash_new_result/3) are neat, and I'm sure that the final ones will be even better, especially to view in person.

http://www.snb.ch/en/mmr/img/169a8e07bb724ddb002572810036294f/source/topic3_img0007.jpghttp://www.snb.ch/en/mmr/img/169a8e07bb724ddb002572810036294f/source/topic3_img0010.jpghttp://www.snb.ch/en/mmr/img/169a8e07bb724ddb002572810036294f/source/topic3_img0003.jpghttp://www.snb.ch/en/mmr/img/169a8e07bb724ddb002572810036294f/source/topic3_img0006.jpg

The proposed security features are also somewhat impressive, seeing as there has been little improvement between the last few series.

Even after seeing the release of this new USD 100 note, I'm wondering how many people actually use them. It's not uncommon in Switzerland to see people walking around with CHF 50, 100, and 200 banknotes, though I don't recall ever seeing anything higher than a $20 in the United States outside of a bank. I know that many domestic businesses won't even accept the larger variants of the US dollar, so would just using many these notes at once, even if legally obtained, throw up some red flags?

elhazard9000
Jun 14, 2010, 07:28 PM
looks much better than the current one

Prof.
Jun 18, 2010, 12:49 PM
Our money is looking gayer and gayer with each passing makeover. I love it. :D:D

ranguvar
Jun 19, 2010, 05:43 PM
Cool, added a zero and headed straight to the printer overnight. Gonna be rich tomorrow :D

leekohler
Jun 21, 2010, 11:57 AM
While this is an improvement, our money still looks awful when compared to Euros and the Canadian dollar.

yg17
Jun 21, 2010, 12:03 PM
While this is an improvement, our money still looks awful when compared to Euros and the Canadian dollar.

Euros are the best IMO. I kinda wish I hadn't spent all mine and had a few Euro notes to bring back with me from my trip to Germany.

Our bills are just butt-fugly.

JFreak
Jun 22, 2010, 05:28 AM
Euros are the best IMO.

Are you serious or being sarcastic? Our money feels like garbage, that's why most of us always use credit cards :) Even when you only needed few euros.

Jason Beck
Jun 23, 2010, 12:51 AM
^ What version and a scanner will scan, it doesn't "detect" what it is scanning.

Yah he's right it doesn't. But there are workarounds. Google...

TheAppleGeek
Jun 26, 2010, 07:13 PM
I see "In God We Trust" is still present.

That's good to know.

It looks nice. I like it!

wHo_tHe
Jun 27, 2010, 12:19 AM
That big orange 100 on the side looks tacky as hell. Well, to the visually impaired -- for whom the large numbers are intended -- it looks just fine.

As a designer, I appreciate visual appeal, but also understand that functionality most come first. This is an example of function over form.

weckart
Jun 27, 2010, 04:16 AM
As for me, I'm quite anxious to see the official release of the ninth series of the swiss franc. Even these drafts (http://www.snb.ch/en/iabout/cash/newcash/id/cash_new_result/3) are neat, and I'm sure that the final ones will be even better, especially to view in person.

Even after seeing the release of this new USD 100 note, I'm wondering how many people actually use them. It's not uncommon in Switzerland to see people walking around with CHF 50, 100, and 200 banknotes, though I don't recall ever seeing anything higher than a $20 in the United States outside of a bank. I know that many domestic businesses won't even accept the larger variants of the US dollar, so would just using many these notes at once, even if legally obtained, throw up some red flags?


Really liking the new drafts, except the vertical lettering and numbering. Looks awkward.

When I lived in Germany in the late eighties, it was common to see large denomination notes DM200, DM500 etc used in department stores. Even for small purchases. I stood behind a guy at the local bank where he withdrew a small fortune in DM1000 notes. Nobody else batted an eyelid. Credit, debit and charge cards were pretty unusual in Germany and I always felt like I stepped back in time when it came to financial transactions. Even chain stores like C&A, which in other European countries took all manner of cards only accepted cash or eurocheques in Germany back in the day.

cleanup
Jun 27, 2010, 11:52 AM
Were there any security features in old American bills? To me they've always seemed sort of primitive from appearance.

Anyways, multicoloured is the way to go! :)

http://mytornadoalley.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/canadian_bills.jpg

Reventon
Jun 27, 2010, 01:09 PM
Were there any security features in old American bills? To me they've always seemed sort of primitive from appearance.

Anyways, multicoloured is the way to go! :)

http://mytornadoalley.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/canadian_bills.jpg


Yeah! Multi-coloured money is the best. Canada, I hear will follow the Aussies in adopting polymer bank notes as well next year.

http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2010/03/06/ott-plastic-money.html

Black Macbook
Jun 27, 2010, 02:06 PM
I assumed Obama's face would be on it? Or are they releasing a trillion dollar bill? :rolleyes:

The US mint is coming out with a new denomination of currency beginning in 2012. The new mint will be worth 1/100 of a penny and yes, Obama's face will be featured on it.

As for the new $100 dollar bill, I'm liking it, though I haven't personally held one yet.

And those colorful Canadian bills posted above this post looks way too much like play money that somebody would find in a board game.