Completing an extensive redesign of American currency, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's (BEP) new $100 bill takes aim at counterfeiters around the world with a goal to stop them in their tracks.
The new Benjamin Franklin note was unveiled Wednesday for the first time by top officials from the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Secret Service and the Federal Reserve
The banknote contains several security features designed to combat counterfeiting. The first and most notable change is a blue 3-D Security Ribbon found on the front. The ribbon contains micro-images of bells and 100s that switch back and forth as the note is tilted.
The US government printed more money in March than in any previous month in 2010, according to the agency responsible for manufacturing US currency. The value of the notes printed also peaked.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) on Friday released the latest production figures for March which show it made $1s, $5s, $20s and $100s during the month -- the same denominations as in February.
Combined, the BEP produced 605,952,000 banknotes that had a total value of $22,138,240,000. In contrast, February figures came in at 504.476 million notes for just over $14.098 billion while January registered 487 million notes worth just above $14.1 billion.