Aug
28
2007

More on money: Benjamins to get "jiggy"

Money makeover: New high-tech threads will be put into U.S. $100 bills that will allow you to test if its real. Little lenses in the threads will make it appear as if Ben Franklin moves when you move the bill.
Money makeover: New high-tech threads will be put into U.S. $100 bills that will allow you to test if its real. Little lenses in the threads will make it appear as if Ben Franklin moves when you move the bill.
Maybe I’m ready to move on to one of MSNBC’s money shows, but here’s more news about science, technology and our money.

The $100 bill will be getting a makeover soon, with special threads being put into the paper that will give it some pretty funky high-tech effects. All of this is to make it harder of counterfeiters to be able to pass off their efforts as real money.

Here’s what’s going to happen to Ben Franklin and the $100 bill. The new threads have tiny lenses built into them – so small that there will be about 650,000 lenses in a single bill. What will they do? When you move the bill from side to side, it will appear that Ben Franklin is moving up or down. Move the bill up and down, and will appear that Ben Franklin is moving from side to side.

This process is already being used in some Swedish high denomination currencies. You should be able to see the new effects in the $100 bill by late next year, when the high-tech bills will go into circulation. Other changes for the $100 include a variety of colors used in the printing of the bills, much like recent changes to $10s, $20s and $50s. Ben Franklin’s face will be getting a little bit of a makeover, as well, on the new bills.

Recently, I posted some other information about possible changes in store for our coins. You can read about that here.

And of course, if you’re tired of the old-fashioned $100 bills we have in circulation right now, I’ll gladly take them off your hands.

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