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The New $100 Note. Know Its Features. Know It's Real.

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Recent Change in the Production of Federal Reserve Notes

A recent change has occurred in the production process of Federal Reserve notes. In order to increase efficiency, the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing is using equipment that allows Federal Reserve notes to be printed on larger sheets of paper. Find out more about the production changes and how they affect the $1 note in this video. For more information about this change, please visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Does your business use self check-out or other equipment that accepts $100 notes?  

If so, you will need to make sure that your equipment is adjusted so it will correctly authenticate and accept the new $100 note design when it is issued. Contact the customer service representative for your cash-accepting equipment to arrange an update. The U.S. government works closely with manufacturers of cash-accepting equipment to ensure they have the information and time they need to prepare for the new $100 note.

You handle cash every day and that makes you the first and best line of defense against counterfeiters. Every person or business that receives a counterfeit note experiences a real economic loss. If you accept a counterfeit note, it cannot be exchanged for a genuine note, and it is illegal to knowingly pass a counterfeit note.  Use these resources to become knowledgeable about the security features of the banknotes you are handling.  It only takes a few seconds.

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  • Training Presentation

    Training Presentation
    This presentation is designed to use while training cash-handling employees on the redesigned $100 note’s new security features and also provides an overview of the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes. The presentation is accompanied by a training script.

  • Education Resource Kit

    Education Resource Kit
    This kit includes a newsletter article, a quick reference guide, fact sheets, and more. These materials are ready for duplication or publication in your organization’s newsletter or on its website, to educate employees, customers, or members of your organization.

  • Multinote Booklet

    Multinote Booklet
    This 12-page booklet contains detailed information about the security and design features in the redesigned $100 note and those in the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will I start to see the new design $100 note in circulation?

    The redesigned $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 work in a store where we have always used a counterfeit detector pen to check banknotes? Do these 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.

  • 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 restaurant with low lighting and 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 raised printing feature can be used to authenticate banknotes when low-lighting is a concern. Move your finger up and down the note to feel the raised printing. It should feel rough to the touch, which is a result of intaglio printing process used to create the image.

    The security thread on the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes also offers a feature that is particularly helpful when 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.

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