Last week, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Federal Reserve Board, and the U.S. Secret Service jointly announced the next step in educating the public to protect themselves against counterfeit currency with a new video “How to Detect a Counterfeit.” The video was created to demonstrate the security features of the new $100 note.
The $100 United States Federal Reserve Note is the most counterfeited currency in the world. To stay ahead of counterfeiters, the BEP redesigned the note with security features designed to prevent digital duplication. In addition to the security thread, color shifting ink, microprinting, and portrait watermark that has appeared on other notes, the new $100 note includes a new 3-D Security Ribbon embedded in the paper and the additional use of color shifting ink by embedding a bell within the inkwell on the front of the note.
“In the video, Kelley Harris, U.S. Secret Service Supervisory Counterfeit Specialist, discusses how to identify the security features in the redesigned $100 note, including the new 3-D Security Ribbon and the Bell in the Inkwell. Viewers will also learn about common tricks counterfeiters use to fool businesses and consumers, what businesses and consumers should do if they suspect someone is trying to pass them a counterfeit note, and the U.S. Secret Service’s work to combat counterfeiting operations.”
Multimedia elements courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.