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

    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 3D security ribbon in 2013 $100 bill.

    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 holographic ink displaying a bell in an inkwell on the 2013 $100 bill.

    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 watermark of Benjamin Franklin's face on the 2013 $100 bill.

    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.

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

    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.

    • 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

      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.

    Close up of security thread in 2013 $100 bill.

    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 3D security ribbon in 2013 $100 bill.

    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 holographic ink displaying a bell in an inkwell on the 2013 $100 bill.

    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 watermark of Benjamin Franklin's face on the 2013 $100 bill.

    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.

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

    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    1990 - 1996
    1990 - 1996
    1990 - 1996
    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.

    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.

    • 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.

    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.

    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.

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    1914 - 1990 front
    1914 - 1990 back
    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. 

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    Raised Printing

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

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    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.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature Independence Hall.

    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. 

    Serial Numbers

    Serial Numbers

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

    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. 

    hundred-dollar-bill-1914

    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.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature Independence Hall.

    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. 

    Serial Numbers

    Serial Numbers

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    • Dollars in Detail guide

      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

    $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

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