New $100 bill has ink well, more color, 3-D

$100 bills
A sheet of uncut $100 bills is inspected during the printing process at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. The federal printing facility is making the new-look colorful bills that include new security features in advance of the Oct. 8 circulation date.
AP Photo/LM Otero

By NOMAAN MERCHANT
Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- America's new $100 bill will feature a color-changing ink well, a 3-D security ribbon, and more texture on Benjamin Franklin's collar.

The new C-note that goes into circulation next month is aimed at fighting back against counterfeiters with improved printers and technology.

It still carries the image of Franklin, one of America's Founding Fathers. But it adds part of the Declaration of Independence from Franklin's left shoulder to the right edge of the bill. A quill and an ink well are printed behind the text, and a blue ribbon runs near the center of the bill.

The ink in the well changes colors when the bill is turned.

The new $100 bill is scheduled to enter circulation on Oct. 8 after years of delays due to production issues.

Here's a look at some of what's on the new note:

• A blue, 3-D security ribbon running down the bill near its center.

• Text from the Declaration of Independence printed in script next to Benjamin Franklin's portrait.

• A copper-colored ink well in which the ink changes to green when the bill is shifted.

• A gold "100" stamped on the back of the bill to help the visually impaired.

• A raised texture on Franklin's portrait and throughout the note.

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