The United States $100 Bill
The United States $100 Bill is the largest denomination of U.S. money currently being printed. The famous U.S. inventor, diplomat, and U.S. statesman, Benjamin Franklin is on the face of the bill with Independence Hall on the reverse. About 7% of all bills made in this time are $100 bills and according to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the life span of a circulating $100 bill is 60 months.
The Bald Eagle was featured on front of the first Large-sized $100 United States Note released in 1862; this bill had two reverse design variations. The $100 United States Note was redesigned in 1869 with Abraham Lincoln on the front and in 1875 the back was redesigned again; it was then redesigned again in 1914 having Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and symbolic designs on the back representing work, abundance, America, peace, and business. In 1863, the first $100 Gold Certificate was released containing a bald eagle and big green 100 on the front with an orange reverse side. In 1870, the bill was redesigned to be one-sided and had Thomas Hart Benton’s portrait on it; it kept Benton’s picture on it when the bill was changed in 1882. James Monroe was shown on the first $100 Silver Certificate released in 1878. In 1891, the $100 Silver Certificate was redesigned and the black reverse was changed to green. The $100 bill was issued as Federal Reserve Note for the first time in the year 1914. The face contained a picture of Benjamin Franklin and the back had symbolic designs showing labor, abundance, America, peace, and trade.
In 1929, all United States bills were switched to the current size. All $100 bills had Franklin on the front and on the back, it had Independence Hall. On the $100 Federal Reserve Note, the seal and serial numbers were green and on the $100 Gold Certificate, the seal and serial numbers were a golden color. In 1966, for the first and only time, the $100 bill was released as a Small-sized United States Note. Starting in the 1990s, the $100 bill started getting changes made to prevent counterfeiting. These included a watermark, a plastic security thread, microscopic printing, and a Federal Reserve Seal replacing the Federal Reserve Bank Seal.
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