What is the blue striped $100 bill?

What is the blue striped $100 bill?

It's really part of a security feature meant to distinguish genuine $100 bills from forgeries. Tilt the bill, and the graphics along the strip shift from bells (as in Liberty Bells) to the number "100" in shifting patterns. The blue ribbon, in reality, has nothing to do with printing; it is woven into the paper. It provides an anchor for the ink when the bill is printed on cotton paper.

In fact, many currencies have color-coded bills. The British pound has red bills, the French franc has green ones. Even the Chinese yuan has colors on its banknotes: red for 100 cents, yellow for 10 dollars, and green for 1 dollar.

The original design of the American $100 bill was created by Thomas Jefferson. He called for a currency "worthy of America" and proposed using stripes to help prevent counterfeiting. The Bicentennial Commission adopted his idea in 1976 and introduced a blue-grayish-black color scheme to match the American flag. Other denominations were also added at that time. The value of the Purple Heart medal was made legal tender on August 15, 1978. And the Gold Star Family Memorial coin was issued to honor military members who died in combat. In 1998, President Clinton ordered the removal of gold from all U.S. coins as part of an effort to make our money more affordable for everyone. Since then, silver coins have been the only type of currency available for use in vending machines and at payphones.

Do $100 bills have a blue stripe?

Ben's left has a dashed blue stripe. This isn't a printing blunder. It provides evidence that the bill was inspected by the Secret Service for fingerprints and other markings used by counterfeiters.

In fact, all United States currency has been colored blue since 1866, when President Andrew Johnson ordered that no more green bills be made. Prior to this time, there were only silver coins minted by the federal government: dollars, half-dollars, and quarter-dollars. Although gold was accepted as payment for services rendered by the army, none of it was officially issued in coin form. Instead, the gold was held in public vaults at Washington, D.C., and New York City, where it was used to back up the national debt.

When Johnson took office in 1865, he wanted to change this situation by issuing notes that could be used as money. However, because most people didn't trust banks at this time, few would accept these notes in return for their goods. So, the president decided to color the bills blue to make them look more like coins.

What does the blue line on a $100 bill mean?

The aesthetically pleasing expense of counterfeit-proofing The blue line, like practically every other component of money design these days, is a security feature meant to deter prospective counterfeiters. That's no minor thing when it comes to the $100 note, which is the most commonly counterfeited denomination in the United States. It might not seem like much to some people, but consider this: According to the FBI, more than $750 million worth of $100 bills are circulating in the country right now. That's more than one hundred grand per day, every day.

In order to make sure that only legitimate $100 bills reach the public, they're printed on paper with serial numbers starting with "7." If you find a $100 bill on the street or in a store cupboard, it means it has been previously circulated and is therefore illegal for you to possess.

The best way to protect yourself from being duped by a criminal who finds $100 bills lying around is to never hand over your money.

How can you tell a fake 100 dollar bill?

Parts of the bill are overprinted with a thicker coating of a unique ink that changes color depending on the angle of view. Tilt the note and examine the bell in the "Inkwell" and the enormous numeral "100" in the lower right corner of the front of the note to notice this. Also, the serial number should be black-inked in four places: once when it is printed, again when it is folded into thirds, then again when it is rolled up into a ballpoint pen. The final time it is inked over is when it is put into circulation.

There are several ways to detect a counterfeit $100 bill. If you are given an item that may contain money, such as a coat or bag, check it first for holes or tears that might indicate where someone has tried to pass off a copy of the bill. Next, hold the note up to the light and look for differences in quality or color. A counterfeit note will likely have poor reproductions of the security features used by the Bureau to make them difficult to replicate.

Finally, verify that the bill is real by calling the FBI's toll-free complaint line at 1-866-487-8467. Agents will ask you some questions and may give you advice about how to protect yourself from fraud.

Counterfeit currency presents a serious problem for law enforcement officials and the financial community.

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