The United States will begin printing newly
designed 100-dollar bills later this year to make the currency more
difficult to counterfeit, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.
The design features tougher security protections, including a 3-D security ribbon and a colour-shifting image of a bell inside an inkwell. It retains other security measures such as a watermark.
The notes, which feature a portrait of US inventor and leading statesman Benjamin Franklin, will begin circulating October 8.
US officials announced the redesigned bill in 2010, but its use has been delayed by production problems, the Federal Reserve said.
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