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Drag the backlight tool across the bill to reveal the watermark.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $100 note above for a watermark.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the tilt tool to reveal the color-shifting ink.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $20 note above for color-shifting ink.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the UV light tool across the bill to reveal the security thread.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $50 note above for a security thread.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the tilt tool to reveal the color-shifting ink.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $10 note above for color-shifting ink.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the backlight tool across the bill to reveal the watermark.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $50 note above for a watermark.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the magnify tool across the bill to reveal the microprinting.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $20 note above for microprinting.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the tilt tool to reveal the 3-D security ribbon.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $100 note above for a security ribbon.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the magnify tool across the bill to reveal the microprinting.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $50 note above for microprinting.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the backlight tool across the bill to reveal the security thread.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $100 note above for a security thread.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

Drag the backlight tool across the bill to reveal the watermark.

Choose a tool from the left to examine the $20 note above for a watermark.

Is this note genuine U.S. currency?

$10 Dollar Note

The $10 note has several key security features: a portrait watermark of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton (A), color-shifting ink (B), and a security thread (C)

    Watermark

    A watermark of Secretary Hamilton is located to the right of the portrait. You'll need to hold the note to light to see the portrait watermark, which should be visible from the front and back of the note.

    Color-Shifting Ink

    If you tilt the $10 note, the 10 at the lower right-hand corner of the note will change colors. For the 2004 style, the color will change from copper to green when tilted. For the 1996 style, the color will change from green to black.

    Security Thread

    The security thread on the $10 note is located to the right of the portrait of Secretary Hamilton. On both styles of the $10 note, the security thread reads USA TEN and includes a small flag. To see the security thread, hold it to light. The security thread is visible from both the front and back of the note.

    Watermark

    A watermark of Secretary Hamilton is located to the right of the portrait. You'll need to hold the note to light to see the portrait watermark, which should be visible from the front and back of the note.

    Color-Shifting Ink

    If you tilt the $10 note, the 10 at the lower right-hand corner of the note will change colors. For the 2004 style, the color will change from copper to green when tilted. For the 1996 style, the color will change from green to black.

    Security Thread

    The security thread on the $10 note is located to the right of the portrait of Secretary Hamilton. On both styles of the $10 note, the security thread reads USA TEN and includes a small flag. To see the security thread, hold it to light. The security thread is visible from both the front and back of the note.

    20 Dollar Note

    The $20 note has several key security features: a portrait watermark of President Andrew Jackson (A), color-shifting ink (B), and a security thread (C)

      Watermark

      A watermark of President Jackson is located to the right of the portrait. You'll need to hold the note to light to see the portrait watermark, which should be visible from the front and back of the note.

      Color-Shifting Ink

      If you tilt the note, the 20 in the lower right-hand corner of the note will change colors. For the 2004 style, the color will change from copper to green when tilted. For the 1996 style, the color will change from green to black.

      Security Thread

      The security thread on the $20 note is located to the left of the portrait of President Jackson. On both the 1996 and 2004 styles of the $20 note, the security thread reads USA TWENTY and includes a small flag. To see the security thread, hold it to light. The security thread is visible from both the front and back of the note.

      Watermark

      A watermark of President Jackson is located to the right of the portrait. You'll need to hold the note to light to see the portrait watermark, which should be visible from the front and back of the note.

      Color-Shifting Ink

      If you tilt the note, the 20 in the lower right-hand corner of the note will change colors. For the 2004 style, the color will change from copper to green when tilted. For the 1996 style, the color will change from green to black.

      Security Thread

      The security thread on the $20 note is located to the left of the portrait of President Jackson. On both the 1996 and 2004 styles of the $20 note, the security thread reads USA TWENTY and includes a small flag. To see the security thread, hold it to light. The security thread is visible from both the front and back of the note.

      50 Dollar Note

      The $50 note has several key security features: a portrait watermark of President Ulysses Grant (A), color-shifting ink (B), and a security thread (C)

        Watermark

        A watermark of President Grant is located to the right of the portrait. You'll need to hold the note to light to see the portrait watermark, which should be visible from the front and back of the note.

        Color-Shifting Ink

        If you tilt the note, the 50 in the lower right-hand corner of the note will change color. For the 2004 style, the color will change from copper to green when tilted. For the 1996 style, the color will change from green to black.

        Security Thread

        The security thread on the $50 note is located to the right of the portrait of President Grant. On both the 1996 style and 2004 style $50 note, the security thread reads USA 50 and includes a small flag. To see the thread, hold it to light. The thread is visible from both the front and back of the note.

        Watermark

        A watermark of President Grant is located to the right of the portrait. You'll need to hold the note to light to see the portrait watermark, which should be visible from the front and back of the note.

        Color-Shifting Ink

        If you tilt the note, the 50 in the lower right-hand corner of the note will change color. For the 2004 style, the color will change from copper to green when tilted. For the 1996 style, the color will change from green to black.

        Security Thread

        The security thread on the $50 note is located to the right of the portrait of President Grant. On both the 1996 style and 2004 style $50 note, the security thread reads USA 50 and includes a small flag. To see the thread, hold it to light. The thread is visible from both the front and back of the note.

        $100 Dollar Note

        The current style $100 note has several key security features: a 3-D Security Ribbon (A), a portrait watermark of Benjamin Franklin (B), color-shifting ink (C), and a security thread (D)

          3-D Security Ribbon

          The current design $100 note has a 3-D Security Ribbon, which is located to the right of the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move.

          Watermark

          You'll need to hold the note to light to see the portrait watermark, which is located to the right of the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. The watermark is visible from the front and back of the note when you hold it to light.

          Color-Shifting Ink

          If you tilt the note, the 100 in the lower right-hand corner will change color. For the 2004 style note, the color will change from copper to green when tilted. For the 1996 style, the color will change from green to black.

          Color-Shifting Ink

          The current design $100 note also features color-shifting ink in the Bell in the Inkwell. If you tilt the note, the image of the bell shifts color from copper to green—an effect that makes it seem as if the bell is appearing and disappearing in the inkwell.

          Security Thread

          The security thread on the $100 note is located to the left of the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. On both the 1996 style and 2004 style $100 note, the security thread reads USA 100 when held to light. To see the security thread, hold it to light. Like the watermark, the security thread is visible from both the front and back of the note.

          3-D Security Ribbon

          The current design $100 note has a 3-D Security Ribbon, which is located to the right of the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon. You will see the bells change to 100s as they move.

          Watermark

          You'll need to hold the note to light to see the portrait watermark, which is located to the right of the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. The watermark is visible from the front and back of the note when you hold it to light.

          Color-Shifting Ink

          If you tilt the note, the 100 in the lower right-hand corner will change color. For the 2004 style note, the color will change from copper to green when tilted. For the 1996 style, the color will change from green to black.

          Color-Shifting Ink

          The current design $100 note also features color-shifting ink in the Bell in the Inkwell. If you tilt the note, the image of the bell shifts color from copper to green—an effect that makes it seem as if the bell is appearing and disappearing in the inkwell.

          Security Thread

          The security thread on the $100 note is located to the left of the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. On both the 1996 style and 2004 style $100 note, the security thread reads USA 100 when held to light. To see the security thread, hold it to light. Like the watermark, the security thread is visible from both the front and back of the note.