The U.S. government printed less money in April than in March, but more than any other month in 2010, according to the agency responsible for manufacturing U.S. currency. The value of the notes produced in April was also the second highest month this year.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) on Thursday released the latest production figures for April which show it made $1s, $5s, $20s and $100s -- the same denominations as in March and February. $10s and $50s have not been printed since since June 2009.
Combined, the BEP produced 519,136,000 banknotes that had a total value of $21,735,680,000. By comparison, March figures were 605.952 million notes for over $22.138 billion. February figures came in at 504.476 million notes for just over $14.098 billion, while January registered 487 million notes worth slightly more than $14.1 billion.
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.