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The Series 2009 $100 bill design was unveiled on April 21, 2010 and will be issued to the public on February 10, 2011. The new Hundred has received design changes similar to the current $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills. The new bill features an enlarged portrait, color-changing ink, and a unique teal background color. A depiction of a quill has been added to the front along with faint phrases of the Declaration of Independence. New security features include a three-dimensional security ribbon and a color changing "Bell in the Inkwell". The security strip, portrait watermark, and microprinting security features were retained from the previous design. The reverse of the new bill depicts the rear of Independence Hall, as opposed to main front entrance which was shown on the reverse of the previous series. Also new to note is a uniquely colored, large, numerical inscription found on the right side of the reverse, of the note's amount oriented in a fashion that is perpendicular to the rest of the prominent writing. The 2009 redesign marks the first time the signatures of the Treasury department executives are placed on one side, and that the signature of the Treasury Secretary is above that of the United States Treasurer.

Other than a large '100' on the back of the bill, the redesigned bill does not implement any other changes to assist the visually impaired in distinguishing bill denominations, despite a 2008 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit) in American Council of the Blind v. Paulson that U.S. paper currency discriminates against the blind and vision-impaired, because each bill denomination is of uniform physical size.

Although the redesign was publicized as routine, the sophisticated “Superdollar” is a major change. The new bills contain a Crane & Co.security feature called Motion, containing up to 650,000 microlenses embedded in the printing which allows for an underlying image to shift when the bill is moved.

Originally, the new $100 bill had been expected to be announced in late 2008, however it was delayed until 2010 to finalize the updating of the anti-counterfeiting features.

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A new look & a new life?!
Money matters seem to be the call of the day this week. First, it was Goldman Sachs in trouble, then an article (Don’t Cry for Wall Street) by Paul Krugman calling for downsizing of the Finance sector (read my review on Wall Street) and now, the new US$100 bill. The latest case seems to be more realistic than the others and one that hopefully will evoke less resistance and complaints from the public at large.   When it comes to money, everyone loves the feel of new notes, don’t …
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A new note for a new leash of life! Yes, it's about time, America!
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