New 100-Dollar Bill As Ugly as Previous One

by Sean Hackbarth

New 100 dollar bill

Somewhere inside the confines of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing there’s a complete separation of aesthetics and technology. In the hopes of keeping a few steps ahead of counterfeiters our government continues making our currency into a blotchy mess of color:

The folks who print America’s money have designed a high-tech makeover of the $100 bill. It’s part of an effort to stay ahead of counterfeiters as technology becomes more sophisticated and more dollars flow overseas, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says.

The makeover, unveiled Wednesday by Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, may leave people wondering if there’s magic involved.

Benjamin Franklin is still on the C-note. But he has been joined by a disappearing Liberty Bell in an inkwell and a bright blue security ribbon composed of thousands of tiny lenses that magnify objects in mysterious ways. Move the bill, and the objects move in a different direction.

I thought the five-dollar bill was horrendous. The blue strip and the gold inkwell on the $100 make the five look like a work of art. At least Benjamin Franklin isn’t in Ulysses S. Grant’s position and stuck on a pink bill.

Glenn Reynolds put it well: “Even uglier than the old money.” SIGH

“Government Goes High-Tech to Redesign $100 Bills

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