October 13th, 2013 was the issue date for the new $100 bill. It was 4 long years since they tried to issue the notes, but had several problems during the production process. The biggest addition is a holographic strip that runs vertically on the front of the note. The image shifts from the “Liberty Bell” to a “100”. It is a really nice purple color.
The note still has lots of micro-printing on it, as well as the watermark. The notes have a gold to copper color shift on the 100 in the bottom right corner as well as the Liberty Bell found in the ink well. A large, multi-color “100” is on the back to help the visually impaired identify the note.
The back of the note has a newly refined version of ”Independence Hall”. It looks sharp. I don’t know if there is a reason for the time on the Clock on Independence Hall, but it went from 2:22 on the old notes to 10:30 on the new note. Conspiracy theories enter here:_____________ . Maybe the artists simply took some liberties!
The new bust of Benjamin Franklin is sharp. Previously it was just his face. These notes seem to have cripser lines and design details then the last incarnation. We’ll see if that is because they wanted to put their best foot forward on the roll out of the new (2009-A Series) notes, or if the new process is that much superior to the old process. We should know in 6 months.
Overall I believe it is a big improvement in not only the technology side of things, but also aesthetics. The holographic strip jumps off the note and the note will compete with the much better designed notes of other countries (especially our mates up north, don’t-ya-know). The new $100 bill is a big step forward from the older design.
You can find more about the new $100 on the BEP’s website.