$100 Note

2013 $100 Bill Front
2013 $100 Bill Back
2013 $100 Bill Front
A
Security Thread
Close up of security thread in 2013 $100 bill.

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

A
B
3-D Security Ribbon
Close up of 3D security ribbon in 2013 $100 bill.

Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.

B
C
Bell in the Inkwell
Close up of holographic ink displaying a bell in an inkwell on the 2013 $100 bill.

Tilt the note to see the color-shifting bell in the copper inkwell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.

C
D
Watermark
Close up of watermark of Benjamin Franklin's face on the 2013 $100 bill.

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

D
E
Color-Shifting Ink
A close up of the two-tone ink on the 2013 $100 bill.

Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from copper to green.

E
A
Security Thread
Close up of security thread in 2013 $100 bill.

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

A
B
3-D Security Ribbon
Close up of 3D security ribbon in 2013 $100 bill.

Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.

B
C
Bell in the Inkwell
Close up of holographic ink displaying a bell in an inkwell on the 2013 $100 bill.

Tilt the note to see the color-shifting bell in the copper inkwell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.

C
D
Watermark
Close up of watermark of Benjamin Franklin's face on the 2013 $100 bill.

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

D
E
Color-Shifting Ink
A close up of the two-tone ink on the 2013 $100 bill.

Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from copper to green.

E
front
back
front
A
Security Thread
Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

A
B
Watermark
Watermark

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

B
C
Color-Shifting Ink
Color-Shifting Ink

Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from green to black.

C
A
Security Thread
Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

A
B
Watermark
Watermark

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

B
C
Color-Shifting Ink
Color-Shifting Ink

Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from green to black.

C
1990 - 1996
1990 - 1996
1990 - 1996
A
Security Thread
Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

A
B
Microprinting
Microprinting

Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

B
A
Security Thread
Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

A
B
Microprinting
Microprinting

Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

B
1914 - 1990 front
1914 - 1990 back
1914 - 1990 front
A
Federal Reserve Bank Seal
Federal Reserve Bank Seal

A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank. 

A
B
Raised Printing
hundred-dollar-bill-1914

Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

B
C
Paper
paper

Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

C
D
Portrait and Vignette
Portrait and Vignette

The $100 note features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the note.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature Independence Hall.

D
E
Treasury Seal
Treasury Seal

A seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The design of the seal was changed to incorporate an English inscription and appears on all Federal Reserve notes of the 1969 series year or later. 

E
F
Serial Numbers
Serial Numbers

A combination of numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

F
A
Federal Reserve Bank Seal
Federal Reserve Bank Seal

A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank. 

A
B
Raised Printing
hundred-dollar-bill-1914

Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

B
C
Paper
paper

Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

C
D
Portrait and Vignette
Portrait and Vignette

The $100 note features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the note.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature Independence Hall.

D
E
Treasury Seal
Treasury Seal

A seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The design of the seal was changed to incorporate an English inscription and appears on all Federal Reserve notes of the 1969 series year or later. 

E
F
Serial Numbers
Serial Numbers

A combination of numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

F
A
Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

Close up of security thread in 2013 $100 bill.
B
3-D Security Ribbon

Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.

Close up of 3D security ribbon in 2013 $100 bill.
C
Bell in the Inkwell

Tilt the note to see the color-shifting bell in the copper inkwell change from copper to green, an effect which makes the bell seem to appear and disappear within the inkwell.

Close up of holographic ink displaying a bell in an inkwell on the 2013 $100 bill.
D
Watermark

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

Close up of watermark of Benjamin Franklin's face on the 2013 $100 bill.
E
Color-Shifting Ink

Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from copper to green.

A close up of the two-tone ink on the 2013 $100 bill.
A
Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

Security Thread
B
Watermark

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

Watermark
C
Color-Shifting Ink

Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from green to black.

Color-Shifting Ink
A
Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

Security Thread
B
Microprinting

Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

Microprinting
A
Federal Reserve Bank Seal

A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank. 

Federal Reserve Bank Seal
B
Raised Printing

Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

hundred-dollar-bill-1914
C
Paper

Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

paper
D
Portrait and Vignette

The $100 note features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the note.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature Independence Hall.

Portrait and Vignette
E
Treasury Seal

A seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The design of the seal was changed to incorporate an English inscription and appears on all Federal Reserve notes of the 1969 series year or later. 

Treasury Seal
F
Serial Numbers

A combination of numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

Serial Numbers
Federal Reserve System Seal
Seal

A black seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System.  A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

Microprinting

Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on Benjamin Franklin’s jacket collar, USA 100 around the blank space containing the portrait watermark, ONE HUNDRED USA along the golden quill, and small 100s in the note borders.

Raised Printing

Move your finger up and down Benjamin Franklin’s shoulder on the left side of the note.  It should feel rough to the touch, a result of the enhanced intaglio printing process used to create the image.  Traditional raised printing can be felt throughout the $100 note, and gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

Paper
Paper

Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

Portrait and Vignette
Portrait and Vignette

The $100 note features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the note and a vignette of Independence Hall on the back of the note.

Symbols of Freedom
Symbols of Freedom

Phrases from the Declaration of Independence and the quill the Founding Fathers used to sign the historic document are found to the right of the portrait.

Gold 100
Gold 100

A large gold numeral 100 on the back of the note helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination.

Treasury Seal
Treasury Seal

A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Serial Numbers
Serial Numbers

A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

Series Year
Series Year

The design includes series years 2009 and 2009A.

Federal Reserve System Seal
Federal Reserve System Seal

A black seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System.  A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

Microprinting
Microprinting

Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text USA 100 within the numeral in the lower left corner and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in the line in the left lapel of Franklin’s coat.

Raised Printing
Raised Printing

Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

Paper
Paper

Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers. 

Portrait and Vignette
Portrait and Vignette

The $100 note features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the note and a vignette of Independence Hall on the back of the note.

Treasury Seal
Treasury Seal

A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Serial Numbers
Serial Numbers

A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note. 

Series Year
Series Year

The design includes series years 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2003A, 2006, and 2006A.

Federal Reserve Bank Seal
Federal Reserve Bank Seal

A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name and corresponding letter of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

Treasury Seal
Treasury Seal

A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Raised Printing
Raised Printing

Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

Paper
Paper

Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

Portrait and Vignette
Portrait and Vignette

The $100 note features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the note and a vignette of Independence Hall on the back of the note. 

Serial Numbers
Serial Numbers

A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note. 

Series Year
Series Year

The design includes series years 1990 and 1993.

The $100 note features additional security features including a 3-D Security Ribbon and color-shifting Bell in the Inkwell.

Watermark image of Benjamin Franklin's face, where the ink shifts in color from blue to green to yellow as you move from left to right.
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3D Security Ribbon

3D Security Ribbon

Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side. If you tilt it side to side, they move up and down. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it.

Color-Shifting Ink

Color-Shifting Ink

Tilt the note to see the Bell in the Inkwell and the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from copper to green.

Portrait Watermark

Portrait Watermark

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

Security Thread

Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

Raised Printing

Raised Printing

Move your finger up and down Benjamin Franklin’s shoulder on the left side of the note. It should feel rough to the touch, a result of the enhanced intaglio printing process used to create the image. Traditional raised printing can be felt throughout the $100 note, and gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

Microprinting

Microprinting

Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on Benjamin Franklin’s jacket collar, USA 100 around the blank space containing the portrait watermark, ONE HUNDRED USA along the golden quill, and small 100s in the note borders.

Downloads

dollar detail

Refer to this comprehensive guide for in-depth technical information on U.S. currency.

Play Money Coloring Sheets

These printable coloring sheets of denominations $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and $100 are intended for children, parents, and teachers.

Decoding Dollars: the $100 Brochure & Poster

This brochure contains information about how to recognize and use security features in the $100 note. It unfolds into a poster that can be displayed in a breakroom or at a point of sale.

quick reference guide

The Quick Reference Guide is a comprehensive resource on the security and design features of U.S. currency. This item unfolds and can be displayed next to a point of sale as an easy-to-use reference.

Multinote Booklet

This 12-page booklet contains detailed information about the security and design features in the redesigned $100 note and those in the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes.

Brochure and Poster for 100 Note

This multi-purpose material features the security features in the redesigned $100 note. Its unique design unfolds from a brochure to a poster that can be displayed for both employees and consumers.

Multinote Poster

This poster features the security features in the redesigned $100 note and those in the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes.

Know Your Money

This comprehensive guide includes technical information on the security and design features of the current-design $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes.

$100 Note (2013-Present)

Explore security and design features of the $100 note, issued 2013-present.

$100 Note (1996-2013)

Explore security and design features of the $100 note, issued 1996-2013

$100 Note (1990-1996)

Explore security and design features of the $100 note, issued 1990-1996.

$100 Note (1914-1990)

Explore security and design features of the $100 note, issued 1914-1990.

History

1861

Demand Notes

In order to finance the Civil War, Congress authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue non-interest-bearing Demand Notes. These notes earn the nickname “greenbacks” because of their color. All U.S. currency issued since 1861 remains valid and redeemable at full face value.

1862

The Foundation of Modern Design

By 1862, the Demand Notes incorporate fine-line engraving, intricate geometric lathe work patterns, a U.S. Department of the Treasury seal, and engraved signatures to aid in counterfeit deterrence. To this day, U.S. currency continues to add features to deter counterfeiting.

1862

United States Notes

Congress authorizes a new class of currency, known as “United States notes,” or “Legal Tender notes.” These notes are characterized by a red seal and serial number. They continue to circulate until 1971.
 

1863

A National Banking System

Congress establishes a national banking system and authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to oversee the issuance of National Banknotes. This system sets Federal guidelines for chartering and regulating "national" banks and authorizes those banks to issue national currency secured by the purchase of United States bonds.

1869

Centralized Printing of United States Notes

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing begins engraving and printing the faces and seals of U.S. banknotes. Before this, U.S. banknotes were produced by private banknote companies and then sent to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for sealing, trimming, and cutting.

1889

Names Added to Portraits

Legislation mandates that all banknotes and other securities containing portraits include the name of the individual below the portrait. This is why you see names below the portraits on banknotes to this day.

1913

Federal Reserve Act

The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 establishes the Federal Reserve as the nation’s central bank and provides for a national banking system that is more responsive to the fluctuating financial needs of the country. The Federal Reserve Board issues new currency called Federal Reserve notes.

1929

Standardization of Design

The appearance of U.S. banknotes changes greatly in 1929. In an effort to lower manufacturing costs, all Federal Reserve notes are made about 30 percent smaller—measuring 6.14 x 2.61 inches, rather than 7.375 x 3.125 inches. In addition, standardized designs are instituted for each denomination, decreasing the number of designs in circulation and making it easier for the public to distinguish between genuine and counterfeit notes.

1971

United States Notes Discontinued

Because United States notes no longer served any function not already adequately met by Federal Reserve notes, their issuance was discontinued and, beginning in 1971, no new United States notes were placed into circulation.

1990

Security Thread and Microprinting

A security thread and microprinting are introduced in Federal Reserve notes to deter counterfeiting by copiers and printers. The features first appear in Series 1990 $100 notes. By Series 1993, the features appeared on all denominations except $1 and $2 notes.

1996

Currency Redesign

In the first significant design change since the 1920s, U.S. currency is redesigned to incorporate a series of new counterfeit deterrents. Issuance of the new banknotes begins with the $100 note in 1996, followed by the $50 note in 1997, the $20 note in 1998, and the $10 and $5 notes in 2000.

2013

The Redesigned $100 Note

In its first redesign since 1996, the new-design $100 note features additional security features including a 3-D Security Ribbon and color-shifting Bell in the Inkwell. The new-design $100 note also includes a portrait watermark of Benjamin Franklin that is visible from both sides of the note when held to light.

$100 Note Life Cycle

Before a Federal Reserve note enters circulation, it must pass through four critical steps: design, order, production, and issuance.

1.67
Billion Notes
2018 FY Print Order
$1.25
Trillion
2017 Value in Circulation
15
Years
Estimated Lifespan