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.