When will I start to see the new design $100 note in circulation?
The new $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. Once it is issued, any commercial bank, savings and loan, or credit union that orders $100 notes from the Federal Reserve will have its order filled with the new design. Distance, demand, and the policies of individual financial institutions will be the deciding factors in how quickly redesigned $100 notes reach the public, both in the U.S. and in international markets.
I would like to prepare my employees for the introduction of the new $100 note. What are the best materials to use for employee training?
The Multinote Booklet describes the security features in the redesigned $100 note, as well as in the $5, $10, $20 and $50 notes. The Brochure and Poster Combination can be hung in employee break rooms and locker rooms, so they can easily study and learn about the security features at their own pace. For group training, you can use the Training Video, which includes an animation that provides an up-close look at how the redesigned $100 note’s security features work. Check out the complete collection of training materials available for order or download and create your own “library” of materials that best meet your needs.
How do I determine if a banknote is genuine? Do counterfeit detection pens work?
The best way to determine whether a banknote is genuine is to rely on the security features in the note. Counterfeit detection pens are not always accurate and may give you false results, which is why we recommend relying on security features such as the watermark and security thread. To learn about these and other security features in genuine U.S. currency, visit the U.S. Currency section of the website or explore the interactive notes.
Additionally, the United States Secret Service provides the financial community with information on specific counterfeiting threats through their US Dollars website. You or a representative from your organization can register for access here.
What should I do if I think I have a counterfeit note?
Details on what to do if you think you've received a counterfeit note, including a counterfeit note report form, can be found on the U.S. Secret Service's website.
I work in a low light area where it is very difficult to check the authenticity of notes. What do you suggest I look for to ensure that I have a genuine banknote?
The security thread on the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes offers a feature that is particularly helpful in authenticating the note in low-light environments. If you have a source of ultraviolet (UV) light near your work space, you can illuminate the notes and the security thread will glow blue ($5), orange ($10), green ($20), yellow ($50) or pink ($100).
To learn more, visit the U.S. Currency section of the website or explore the interactive notes.