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New $100 Bill Went Into Circulation Tuesday

Be sure workers and employees know what the new bank note looks like.

By Joseph M. Gerace

Ben Franklin's back and he's got a brand new look.

The Federal Reserve Board Tuesday began circulating a redesigned $100 note, "which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate," according to a release from the treasury.

The new bill will include raised printing, a color-changing bell atop an inkwell, and a newly designed watermark of Franklin's face on the right front of the note.

The design was unveiled three years ago, but its introduction was postponed following a production delay.

For business owners and employees who often handle cash, the Treasury has training materials available online for download.

The last redesign of the $100 bill first circulated in March 1996.

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