US launches new $100 banknote with more anti-counterfeiting features
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States launches on Tuesday a new US$100 bill that comes with, for the iconic greenback, a new touch of colour, as well as special features to foil counterfeiters.
In its first remake since 1996, the US$100 banknote, which takes a key role in cash transactions for everyone from small traders to big drug traffickers worldwide, sports the traditional portrait of American Revolutionary War statesman Benjamin Franklin on the front.
On the back, too, it depicts Philadelphia's Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.
But it adds a yellowish "100" in one corner and, next to Franklin, a tan quill and bronze-colored inkwell that holds inside it the Philadelphia Liberty Bell in changing colours from darker brown to green, depending on the angle the note is held.