Steps made to prevent fake Franklins |

Steps made to prevent fake Franklins

The Federal Reserve design of the new series of $100 bills includes several security features.

–A larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin with added detail.

–Fine lines printed behind the portrait and Independence Hall.

–A watermark depicting Franklin is visible from both sides when held up to a light.

–Color-shifting ink. The number in the lower right corner on the front of the note looks green when viewed straight on, but appears black when viewed at an angle.

–Microprinted words. On the front of the note, “USA 100” is within the number in the lower left corner and “United States of America” is on Franklin’s coat.

–Security thread. A polymer thread is embedded vertically in the paper. The words “USA 100” on the thread can be seen from both sides of the note when held up to the light. The thread glows red when held under ultraviolet light.

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