Benjamin Franklin portrait will remain on the $100 bill, the highest value denomination in general circulation. It is also the most frequent target of counterfeiters.
The $100 bill is the last note to undergo an extensive redesign aimed at thwarting counterfeiters with ever-more sophisticated copying machines. The redesigns began in 2003 when the government added splashes of color to the $20 bill. That makeover was followed by redesigns for the $50, $10 and $5 bills. The $1 bill isn’t getting a makeover.
An extensive public education effort is planned for businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and provide information on how to use the new security features. Fed officials said information about the redesigned $100 can be found at www.newmoney.gov .