There is a new $100 bill: what does it look like?

The exchange houses make it clear that it is not necessary to change the bills with the previous design for the new ones. All dollar bills will continue to be in circulation, regardless of when it was issued.


The new security measures of the 100 dollar bill

Hold the bill up to the light and look for the faint image of Benjamin Franklin in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from both sides of the bill.

Hold the note up to light to see the embedded security thread appearing vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is printed with the letters “USA” and the number “100” in an alternating pattern and can be seen from both sides of the note. This thread appears bright pink when illuminated with ultraviolet light.

  • Number “100” that changes color

Hold the bill to see the number “100” in the lower right corner of the bill’s face change from copper to green.

Move your finger up and down Benjamin Franklin’s shoulder on the left side of the bill. He should feel rough to the touch, a result of the improved intaglio printing process used to create the image. Traditional raised printing can be felt all over the $100 bill and gives genuine US currency its distinctive texture.

Look for a large gold number “100” on the back of the bill. This feature helps people with visual difficulties to distinguish the denomination.

Look carefully for the words “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” on Benjamin Franklin’s jacket collar, the word “USA” and the number “100” around the white space where the watermark appears, the phrase “ONE HUNDRED USA” along the gold pen and small numbers “100” on the edges of the note, all printed in small size. Forth Worth (FW) Flag (not shown here)

On the redesigned $100 bills printed in Fort Worth, Texas, “FW” will appear in small letters in the upper left corner of the face of the bill, to the right of the number “100.” If a bill does not have the “FW” indicator, it was printed in Washington, DC