New $100 bill has ink well, more color, 3-D

New $100 bill has ink well, more color, 3-D

Posted: Updated:
Uncut $100 bills run through cutting machine at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Uncut $100 bills run through cutting machine at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -

A glitzier, high-tech version of America's $100 bill is rolling off the presses and headed for wallets soon.

Despite years of production-related delays, the updated $100 bill has undergone a major makeover that includes a color-changing ink well, 3-D security ribbon, and more texture on Benjamin Franklin's collar.

The new, more expensive C-note is scheduled to enter circulation Oct. 8 and also has a higher calling: It aims to fight back against counterfeiters by using better printers and technology.

Click here to see how the $100 bill has evolved since the very first one was issued in 1780.

The modifications will help people check for fake $100s without going to a bank or using a blacklight, said Michael Lambert, a deputy associate director at the Federal Reserve.

"We try and find security features that can be used at a number of different levels, from more experienced cash handlers ... down to the person on the street who really needs to know the security features so they can protect themselves," Lambert said in an interview Wednesday.

The new $100 bill still bears the image of Franklin, one of America's Founding Fathers. But it adds part of the Declaration of Independence, written in script from Franklin's left shoulder to the right edge of the bill. A quill and an ink well are printed behind the text, and a blue ribbon goes down near the center of the bill.

The ink in the well changes colors from copper to green when the bill is turned. A watermark of Franklin also appears on the right side of the bill when it's held up to light.

The Federal Reserve said in its latest currency budget that it would order 2.5 billion new $100 bills this year. Lambert estimated each new bill costs about 4 cents more to print than the old one, totaling an additional $100 million in costs this year.

The Fed also budgeted about $9.5 million this year for its education program, which includes global outreach efforts about the new note.

The government has redesigned the $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills during the last decade to add security features. The $1 remains the only bill not to get a makeover.

At a federal facility in Fort Worth, 32-bill sheets of money paper are printed, stamped with serial numbers and sliced into individual notes. The notes are sorted into piles 100 deep, banded together and eventually stacked into 4,000-note bricks worth $400,000. Those bricks will be shipped to Federal Reserve banks across the United States for distribution.

A multi-step printing process leaves the bills with their distinctive colors and texture. The process takes place under tight security inside a secluded facility several miles north of downtown Fort Worth. Several checkpoints stand between the facility's gated entrance and the printing floor, where dozens of overhead security cameras watch the process.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Dead ringer: Horseshoe pitching state tournament in Yukon

    Dead ringer: Horseshoe pitching state tournament in Yukon

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:28:21 GMT
    Mastering the art of horseshoe pitching is a lot more challenging than you make think .It takes precision, coordination, and strength.
    Mastering the art of horseshoe pitching is a lot more challenging than you make think .It takes precision, coordination, and strength.
  • OHP stepping up patrols for holiday

    OHP stepping up patrols for holiday

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:02:13 GMT
    It's setting up to be a big travel weekend.AAA predicts 34.7 million people will hit the nation's highways for a trip at least 50 miles or longer. That's the most folks on the road since 2008.Combined with cheaper gas prices and increased consumer spending, it's gearing up to be a good holiday break.But state troopers like Betsy Randolph say they'll be working---watching for problem drivers, after 12 people died during the holiday last year.Randolph says every 30 minutes, someone dies of a dr...
    It's setting up to be a big travel weekend.AAA predicts 34.7 million people will hit the nation's highways for a trip at least 50 miles or longer. That's the most folks on the road since 2008.Combined with cheaper gas prices and increased consumer spending, it's gearing up to be a good holiday break.But state troopers like Betsy Randolph say they'll be working---watching for problem drivers, after 12 people died during the holiday last year.Randolph says every 30 minutes, someone dies of a dr...
  • Local Girl Scouts need 500-800 volunteers

    Local Girl Scouts need 500-800 volunteers

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:57:40 GMT
    Courtesy of MGN Online. Courtesy of MGN Online.
    Girls Scouts of the USA has more than 2 million members nationwide and now the organization is putting out a call to action for more volunteers.
    Girls Scouts of the USA has more than 2 million members nationwide and now the organization is putting out a call to action for more volunteers.
  • More HeadlinesMore>>

  • Sand collapse kills 9-year-old girl

    Sand collapse kills 9-year-old girl

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 09:48:46 GMT
    (CNN) -- When you think of potentially fatal threats at the beach, you probably think of sharks or riptides. You probably don't worry about the sand. But that unexpected killer has now claimed at least three lives in the United States this summer.Nine-year-old Isabel Grace Franks died at a Lincoln City, Oregon, beach on Friday, when a hole she was digging in the sand caved in and buried her, authorities said.
    (CNN) -- When you think of potentially fatal threats at the beach, you probably think of sharks or riptides. You probably don't worry about the sand. But that unexpected killer has now claimed at least three lives in the United States this summer.Nine-year-old Isabel Grace Franks died at a Lincoln City, Oregon, beach on Friday, when a hole she was digging in the sand caved in and buried her, authorities said.
  • Cliven Bundy's son pulls kids from school citing "communistic mentality"

    Cliven Bundy's son pulls kids from school citing "communistic mentality"

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:59 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:59:24 GMT
    LAS VEGAS (AP) A son of rancher Cliven Bundy has withdrawn his children from Clark County schools after his daughter was barred from carrying a pocket knife on school grounds.
    LAS VEGAS (AP) A son of rancher Cliven Bundy has withdrawn his children from Clark County schools after his daughter was barred from carrying a pocket knife on school grounds.
  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:23:22 GMT
    MIAMI (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering changing the manatee's status from endangered to threatened.
    MIAMI (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering changing the manatee's status from endangered to threatened.
  • FOX25 Slideshows

  • FOX 25 FeaturesMore>>

  • Tell Me Something Good

    Tell Me Something Good

    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
  • Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOKH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.