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The U.S. Treasury has given Benjamin Franklin a facelift with its upcoming release of the new $100 bill.

The new note, which will be issued Feb. 10, 2011, is complete with several security features meant to protect it against counterfeiting.  There is a new 3-D security ribbon that shows “images of bells and 100s that move and change from one to the other as you tilt the note.”

The new note also includes a new effect on the bell in the inkwell that makes it seem to disappear as it is tilted in the light.

So, why all of the new security enhancements? I mean, how often do people really use the $100 bill? (This reporter hasn’t dropped a Franklin recently.)

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The U.S. Treasury says that the $100 bill is actually the most widely circulated and most counterfeited denomination outside the U.S., making new security features a necessity. The Treasury will be conducting a global education program over the next few months to ensure that cash handlers will not only know about the new bill, but will be able to identify its new security features and any fakes.

Want to learn more about the new $100 bill? Check out the government’s Web site, which has plenty of features that explain the new note, including a well-produced video with a very over-the-top score and an interactive graphic of all the changes Mr. Franklin’s undergone.

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