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1996 $100 note front

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1996 $100 ink

Color-Shifting Ink

Tilt the note to see the numeral 100 in the lower right corner of the front of the note shift from green to black.

1996 $100 watermark

Portrait Watermark

Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of Benjamin Franklin in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from both sides of the note.

1996 $100 thread

Security Thread

Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 100 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows pink when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

1996 $100 printing

Raised Printing

Move your finger along the note’s surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

1996 $100 microprinting


Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text USA 100 within the numeral in the lower left corner and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in the line in the left lapel of Franklin’s coat.


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