The U.S. Government launched a campaign today to inform the public on the new $100 dollar bills that will begin to circulate on February 10, 2011 with multicolored design elements that make counterfeiting more difficult.
The Americans call these notes the “Benjamins” as they show the image of one of the nation’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, and in the new version of this bill that effigy is almost the part of it that maintains the gray-green hue of the traditional U.S. dollars.
The idea is to confront, according to the Government, counterfeiters that have become much more savvy and have produced in recent years, the “super dollars” that with current technology can hardly be distinguished from genuine banknotes.
The first major change in the design of the “Benjamins” after more than six decades is done through a process of micro printing, which requires 650,000 tiny lenses for each bill.
Among the newest elements in these multicolored “Benjamins” is a 3-D security tape and a “Liberty Bell” that changes colors.
“Even with the latest technology in security, it is the users of U.S. currency, thos that are educated, those who are the first and best line of defense against counterfeiting,” stated the Treasury Department.
According to the Government, it is easy to verify the authenticity of the new notes that will come in bundles of $ 10,000 from the Federal Reserve Bank.
For example, the “Liberty Bell” changes color when tilted, from a shade of copper to green after which the bell seems to be stuck inside a copper color ink.
The film, which can be felt, is blue and vertical across the center of the note with pictures of bells and the number 100. When the banknote is tilted from side to side, the bells become the number 100.
“The new security features are the result of more than a decade of research and development to protect our currency against counterfeiting,” said U.S. Treasurer, Rosie Rios.
“To ensure an easy introduction of the new $ 100 bill in the financial system, we will continue our global education of retailers, financial institutions and industrial organizations to verify that consumers and traders recognize them and know the new features of these bills,” she added.