Decoded: New $100 Bill

In each edition of “Decoded” we take a recognizable item and break it down by explaining what everything on it means. In this installment we take a look at the new, soon-to-be-released $100 bill. Take a look at some of the new features you’ll see when it goes into circulation by the end of the year.


  • Mr. Obvious

    Maybe don’t have the pop ups COVER UP WHAT YOU’RE DESCRIBING. Geez.

  • MustangWolf

    Here’s some free UX/UI design solutions for you cool material:

    – just say no to overlays and have any rollover content appear below, above, or to the side of the image
    – use hairlines that are easy to distinguish from the image

  • Anthony Huff

    Mr. Obvious and Mustang Wolf—You guys are kinda dicks, huh?

    Regarding the content, I wonder if the color transitioning effect from copper to green is an attempt to imbue these bills with a higher sense of value—since it’s beginning to be generally understood that our money is no longer backed by gold…it’s just paper that we assign value to.

  • Sachmo Martinez

    no its a security feature because copiers cant duplicate that feature.

  • Anthony Huff

    I know that’s what it says Sachmo, but is that just what the government wants you to think? Are you telling me counterfeiting the US dollar is such a serious problem that we had to undergo this expensive re-design? Maybe in the 19th century…

    Is the Federal Reserve involved in this re-design?

  • Anthony Huff

    Yes, the Federal Reserve is responsible for the re-design.

  • Anthony Huff

    I suppose I am just trying to “Decode” this even further since the Fed doesn’t do anything that isn’t to its own benefit.

  • Bufadad

    Counterfeiting the $100 bill is more prevelant than you might think. The $100 bill is used more outside of the U.S. than inside the U.S. and the people using it outside of the U.S. don’t have as intimate of a knowledge as we do about what it should look like. And yes, I can say for sure that this is a security feature that makes the bill hard to copy. It makes for a great “quick check” for people who aren’t forensic document examiners. Bureau of Engraving and Printing was the primary organization responsible for the re-design

  • Anthony Huff

    Interesting. I thought the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was only producing the bills. I thought this was an effort funded by the Fed.

  • Bufadad

    You are mostly correct. Think of the Fed as the client and the BEP as the design agency. The FED is calling the shots but the BEP is the organization actually doing the research, coming up with recommendations, designing the note, and then printing it.

  • Len Človek

    in god we trust, what a funny statement..

  • Huey

    Money controls us. We look at is if its god.