May
25
2012

Learn about the new American currency

Check out the new $100 bill at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth, Texas

As Canadians travel to the United States, they will soon be able to swap their polymer bills for new American $100s.

U.S. currency is designed to withstand 4,000 creases along the same line before tearing. The new $100 American bills make counterfeiting much harder by featuring a 3-D security ribbon (just to the right of a portrait of early patriot Benjamin Franklin) and an image of the Liberty Bell with colours that shift when the bill is tilted.

Visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth, Texas for a free, 45-minute tour. The Visitor Center contains interesting exhibits and an introductory film appropriately titled The Buck Starts Here. The average production equals [US]$582 million a day, notes tour guide Kim Hein. A date for the notes’ release has yet to be scheduled. (9000 Blue Mound Rd., Fort Worth, Tex.; 866-865-1194; moneyfactory.gov)

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