It’s All About the Cut-in-Half Benjamins: United States Introduces New $100 Bill
Fed Chair Ben Bernanke and Secretary Treasury Tim Geithner introduced the new $100 bill today, and boy does it look it weird. A blue dotted security stripe runs down the middle of it, to the right of Ben Franklin’s head. It seriously looks like someone tore a $100 bill in half and then taped it together with scotch tape. That blue ribbon apparently contains “images of bells and 100s, which move and change from one to the other as you tilt the note, according to joint release from the agencies,” according to the Wall Street Journal. There’s also a big “Bell in the Inkwell” image, which “changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted, an effect that makes it appear and disappear within the inkwell.” There are 6.5 billion $100 notes currently in circulation, with some two-thirds of them overseas. Take a look at the new Benjamin, which will enter circulation February 11, 2011, after the jump.