Posting in Design
The government has released its design for the new $100 bill. It's a 21st century technology marvel.
The government has released its design for the new $100 bill. (Click here for an interactive tour.)
It's a 21st century technology marvel.
The front is still based on a 1785 portrait of the man by French artist Joseph Duplessis, although as time has gone by the $100 Franklin has come to look considerably younger than his 79-year old original.
The new money uses more of the portrait than previous versions -- we now get most of his right shoulder -- and that's a good place to start our tour of the bill's technology.
- When you rub around the shoulder it should feel rough. This is said to be an intaglio printing process, which creates a raised effect.
- Above the shoulder, next to his hair, is a gold vertical thread imprinted with the letters USA and the number 100. It should glow pink when put under an ultraviolet light. This is high tech paper, not just ink.
- The gold 100 printed in the lower right-hand corner color-shifts from gold to green when you bend the bill. This is due to a feature from Crane & Co. of Chicago called Motion, in which microlenses are embedded in the printing.
- The government used micro-printing to place THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, USA 100, and ONE HUNDRED USA in strategic locations on the front of the bill.
- The coolest new feature is a blue, 3D security ribbon in the middle of the bill that alternately displays Liberty Bells and and the number 100 as you tilt the bill. (The image of it above is from newmoney.gov, the official government Web site for people who need to handle the stuff.)
- There is a new image of what seems to be a gold inkwell to the right of Franklin as you look at the bill. There is an image of a Liberty Bell inside it, which changes color from copper to green and back again as you tilt it.
If that's not enough the back has undergone major changes. You're no longer seeing Constitution Hall from the front. Now it's from the back. And the time on the clock in the tower has been changed -- sorry National Treasure fans.
All in all a great new Benjamin which I'm certain the man would appreciate. Snark aside, he wrote about the efficacy of paper money as far back as 1729 and as a printer was active in anti-counterfeiting technology.
I just wish I saw more Franklins. In Atlanta they call me Aaron Burr because I've been killing all the Hamiltons.
Apr 21, 2010
Would you want to lug around say, 5-8 $1; 2-3 $5, $10, $20 EACH, and maybe 1 $50?? That's at least 11 coins. All that AND the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters needed for everyday living? Looks like we will all be carrying "fanny packs" just to carry our money!
I have often wondered why coins aren't made of plastic. A penny that's just copper clad rather than all-copper might cost less than a penny to make, for instance. The biggest problem with American money in my view is we don't use enough coins. Coins last longer than bills - a lot longer. We should be using $1 and $2 coins, with the $5 being the smallest bill. What would it take to get there? I've suggested putting Ronald Reagan on the $1 coin. Maybe we could put the Boston Tea Party on the $2. Whatever makes circulation happen.
It's time to dump the paper and go electronic! More and more services are now accepting Bluetooth links from your cellphone, credit and debit cards, transponders etc. This will be a blow to the Philatelists, numismatists and Scripoholists(?) but time marches on!
Here in M?xico (Probably due to fake money being an issue for long by now) bills have had those security characteristics for long! Take a look at the 200 pesos bill, 200 Years of the Independence Commemorative Edition (Yeah! Limited edition money ;) http://www.banxico.org.mx/billetes-y-monedas/informacion-general/billetes-y-monedas-de-fabricacion-actual/billete-de-200-pesos-conmemorativo-del-inicio-del-/billete-200-pesos-conmemorati.html There are also some links to security features with full explanations. Also, low denomination bills (20, 50 and 100 pesos) are made of plastic, they feel a bit weird ;)