The Federal Reserve Board has finally released into circulation its newest monstrosity – the new revamped Franklin $100 bill, that looks like someone got that blue ink you sometimes find on beef on it after jamming it in their pocket.
(This is an updated version of my earlier report.)
The new $100 bill also contains a very pretty Winnie the Pooh-esque honey pot, with a Liberty Bell inside, because everyone knows honey pots are notoriously difficult to draw.
The new bill started circulating on October 8, 2013.
The new $100 bill
I do have to laugh about one thing – I was trying to copy and paste part of the official PDF document explaining the new design, and I got a warning from Photoshop that sounds like I’m about to be arrested for counterfeiting (and as I learned the other day, it’s never too early to lawyer-up).
I’m actually kind of impressed with the extent of anti-counterfeiting built into Photoshop, since I did a screen grab of a pdf, and Photoshop still knew that the screen grab was of money. If I stop blogging in a few hours, you’ll know why. (Let’s hope Rand Paul doesn’t send in the drones.)
Anti-counterfeiting additions to new $100 bill
Okay, I think I got around it by “printing” the page as a pdf, then opening and saving the pdf as a jpg. So here are the new anti-counterfeiting features in the new $100 bill..
Rest assured, you don’t have to turn in your old $100 bills
I particularly loved this little bit of helpful advice the US Mint added to the bottom of their fact sheet about the $100 bill – this is for real:
I’m pretty sure the most important anti-counterfeiting feature is that they made the bill butt-ugly. Who would want to copy it?
In all seriousness, we keep gradually migrating our currency over to the look and feel of the Euro (and I mean the Euro bills – the coins are a disaster). Why not just do it and be done with it? These half measures, to my eye at least, look cacophonous.
Oh and PS. While you’re at it, whoever came up with the brilliant idea to make 100 different quarters should be drawn and, well, quartered. And yeah, I know it must have been Congress. I still can’t (or no longer can) identify a quarter when I pull it out of my pocket. I keep thinking it’s some Canadian coin I got by accident.
Of course, we could have Canada’s problem. Their new bills are apparently made of plastic. And there have been some reports that the bills are melting and sticking together in the dryer. Oops.