While there are various ways to determine if a $100 bill is fake, here are some security features of a legitimate bill that are easy to identify.Continue Reading
When held in front of a flashlight, lamp or other light source, the $100 dollar bill displays several security features. Starting on the left, notice a mirror image of the 100 from the back of the bill is clearly visible, a blue line appears to the left of the newly visible 100, and a faint portrait of Ben Franklin fills the blank circle above the gold 100 on the bottom right side of the bill.
By bending the bill forward and backwards, see that the 100 and bells in the blue strip to the right of Ben Franklin's portrait move up and down. A bell also appears in the inkwell to the right of the blue strip, and the 100 in the bottom right hand corner of the bill changes color.
On the left side of the bill on Ben Franklin's shoulder, feel raised printing when you move your fingers up and down the bill.
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There has never been a million dollar bill printed. The $100,000 gold certificate was the largest bill ever printed, but it was not circulated to the public.Full Answer >
In 1969, the U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving discontinued printing the $1,000 note, along with $500, $5,000 and $10,000 notes, due to limited use by the general public. In the United States, modern $1,000 notes feature a portrait of President Grover Cleveland.Full Answer >
The portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill is visible from both sides when held in light, and the note has an estimated lifespan of 15 years, according to the United States Currency Education Program. In 2013, the Department of the Treasury redesigned the $100 note adding new security features. It is the highest valued bill in circulation, as of 2015, and like all other U.S. notes, it weighs 1 gram.Full Answer >