'Round about midnight Tuesday, the United States Mint will start rolling the presses on a new currency. The presses will be workin' and steamin' new cuts of the $100 bill, the last note to undertake reforms suggested by the federal government to counteract counterfeiting, and thus prevent easy living by criminals and Freddie Freeloader. The new Benjamins, much like the other bills, takes a much more colorful tone than previous iterations of the currency. In this case, the new $100 bill looks...kind of blue.
The new $100 bill was a long time coming, first introduced in 2010 with an expected release in 2011. However, the ridiculous amount of new features intended to deter counterfeiting, from a bunch of zeros taking the shape of a star constellation to a 3D ribbon down the middle of it, caused problems with the production of the Benjamins, particularly its durability from creasing. So the production was delayed for two years, and a modified version of the current $100 bill went into circulation as a stop gap.
The new $100 bill is the second overhaul to the Benjamins in less than two decades. Both of these bills were part of wider changes to dollar bills, with larger pictures of famous men in American history, visual aids to help the visually impaired, and anti-counterfeiting measures such as plastic strips and watermarks. In the first round of changes, back in 1996, it was the $100 bill that received the first changes, trickling down to the $5 bill over the course of three years. However, in a reversal, the $100 bill was the last note to receive new changes, a process that started nine years ago with the $50 bill.
In any event, the reforms have not changed one bill of particular note: The dollar bill. (We could count the two-dollar bill, but nobody has those except people who want to look cool) The $1 bill has remained in the same form for the most part since the 1930s. No changes on its design seem likely, since the dollar does not carry as much buying power as it used to, though some people seem intent on replacing the bill with a coin, like in Europe. Anyway, I need a dollar.