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One hundred Dollars Federal Reserve Note series 1928, 1934

US 100 dollars 1928, 1934

US 100 dollars 1928, 1934

On the face of the banknotes of 1928 series as distinct from the banknote shown, the number of Federal Reserve District printed in the center of the Federal Reserve Bank Seal;

Payment inscription over the Seal done in four lines and reads: "REDEEMABLE IN GOLD ON DEMAND AT THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, OR IN GOLD OR LAWFUL MONEY AT ANY FEDERAL RESERVE BANK".

 

Main security features of the banknote

US 100 dollars 1928, 1934 security features

US 100 dollars 1928, 1934 security features

1,2. Intaglio:

Light-colored parts of the laser work on the face contain back small stretched pointed elements; the same laser work in mirror image is done in the left part of the frame.

In counterfeits, these small elements have rounded tips, uneven contours, different forms and disposition.

Security fibers:

The paper contains imbedded in a chaotic manner red and blue security fibers.

Paper: light yellow, with security fibers.

Printing methods: intaglio:

On the face — all pictures, except serial numbers and U.S. Treasury Seal;

On the back — all pictures;

Letterpress:

On the face — serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal.

 

One hundred Dollars Federal Reserve Note series 1950

US 100 dollars 1950

US 100 dollars 1950

 

Main security features of the banknote

US 100 dollars 1950 security features

1,2.  Intaglio:

Light-colored parts of the laser work on the face contain black small stretched pointed elements; the same laser work in mirror image done in the left part of the frame.

In counterfeits, these small elements have rounded tips, uneven contours, different forms and disposition.

Security fibers:

The paper contains imbedded in a chaotic manner red and blue security fibers.

Magnetic security:

The black ink used for intaglio printing on the face contains ferro-magnetic component.

Paper: light yellow, with security fibers.

Printing methods: intaglio:

On the face — all pictures, except serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal, Federal Reserve Bank Seal and index numbers, year of issue, facsimile of official signatures;

On the back — all pictures;

Letterpress:

On the face — serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal, Seal and 4 index numbers of the Federal Reserve Bank, year of issue, facsimile of official signatures.

 

 

One hundred Dollars Federal Reserve Note series 1963

US 100 dollars 1963

US 100 dollars 1963

 

Main security features of the banknote

US 100 dollars 1963 security features

1,2.  Intaglio:

Light-colored parts of the laser work on the face contain back small stretched pointed elements; the same laser work in mirror image done in the left part of the frame.

In counterfeits, these small elements have rounded tips, uneven contours, different forms and disposition.

Security fibers:

The paper contains imbedded in a chaotic manner red and blue security fibers.

Magnetic security:

The back ink used for intaglio printing on the face contains ferromagnetic component.

Paper: light-yellow, with security fibers.

Printing methods: intaglio:

On the face — all pictures, except serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal, Federal Reserve Bank Seal and index numbers, year of issue, facsimile of official signatures;

On the back — all pictures;

Letterpress:

On the face — serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal, Seal and 4 index numbers of the Federal Reserve Bank, year of issue, facsimile of official signatures.

 

 

One hundred Dollars Federal Reserve Note series 1969-1988

US 100 dollars 1969-1988

US 100 dollars 1969-1988

 

Main security features of the banknote

US 100 dollars 1969-1988 security features

US 100 dollars 1969-1988 security features

1,2.  Intaglio:

Light-colored parts of the laser work on the face contain black small stretched pointed elements; the same laser work in mirror image done in the left part of the frame.

Practically in all variants of counterfeits (except "super counterfeits") these small elements have rounded tips, uneven contours, different forms and disposition. In the "super counterfeits”, the laser work consists of practically the same small pointed elements and differs very slightly from the genuine ones.

1. Magnetic security:

The black ink used for intaglio printing on the face contains ferro-magnetic component. In banknotes of 1988 series some parts of pictures made by intaglio do not contain ferro-magnetic component. Fragments of the pictures obtaining magnetic properties shown. Boundaries of the fragments may be 2-3 mm moved comparing with the ones shown. There may be found such genuine banknotes with ferro-magnetic component in smaller quantities present where it should not exist. Hence, many automatic currency detectors identify these banknotes as forgeries.

The methodology of identifying 100 US Dollar "super counterfeits" and specific features of the latter may be found in section "Methodical recommendations on identifying the counterfeits and forgeries" of this reference-book.

Security fibers:

The paper contains imbedded in a chaotic manner red and blue security fibers.

Paper: light yellow, with security fibers.

Printing methods: intaglio:

On the face — all pictures, except serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal, Federal Reserve Bank Seal and index numbers;

On the back — all pictures;

Letterpress:

On the face — serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal, Federal Reserve Bank Seal, four index numbers of the Federal Reserve Bank.

 

One hundred Dollars Federal Reserve Note series 1990, 1993

US 100 dollars 1990, 1993

US 100 dollars 1990, 1993

 

Main security features of the banknote

US 100 dollars 1990, 1993 security features

US 100 dollars 1990, 1993 security features

US 100 dollars 1990, 1993 security features

1. Security thread:

The transparent polymer stripe imbedded into the paper with text "...USA 100..." in direct and overturned image. There may be found defective genuine banknotes: 1) polymer thread is stretched and hence narrowed what makes micro printing also distorted; 2) security thread is situated in the right part of the banknote.

Security thread of the "super counterfeits" is very similar to the genuine one and when held against the light does not have any visual differences.

2. Micro printing:

External oval lines around the portrait are formed by continuously repeated text "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".

Micro printing in the "super counterfeits" does not have any differences with the genuine ones. One may found counterfeits of poorer quality (not "super counterfeits"), with micro printing still made with very high quality.

3,4.  Intaglio:

Light-colored parts of the laser work on the face contain black small stretched pointed elements; the same laser work in mirror image is done in the left part of the frame.

Practically in all variants of counterfeits (except "super counterfeits") these small elements have rounded tips, uneven contours, different forms and disposition. In the "super counterfeits”, the laser work consists of practically the same small pointed elements and differs very slightly from the genuine ones.

5. Magnetic security:

The black ink used for printing on the face contains ferro-magnetic component. Fragments of the pictures obtaining magnetic properties shown. Boundaries of the fragments may be 2-3 mm moved comparing with the ones shown. There may be found such genuine banknotes with ferro-magnetic component in smaller quantities present where it should not exist. Hence, many automatic currency detectors identify these banknotes as forgeries.

In some variants of "super counterfeits" with indicated years of issue 1990 and 1993 disposition of parts, containing ferro-magnetic component, practically coincide with genuine banknotes. Hence many automatic currency detectors identify these counterfeits as genuine banknotes.

The methodology of identifying 100 US Dollar "super counterfeits" and specific features of the latter may be found in section "Methodical recommendations on identifying the counterfeits and forgeries" of this reference-book.

Security fibers:

The paper contains imbedded in a chaotic manner red and blue security fibers.

Paper: light-yellow, with security thread and fibers.

Printing methods:

Intaglio:

On the face — all pictures, except serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal, Federal Reserve Bank Seal and index numbers;

On the back — all pictures;

Letterpress:

On the face — serial numbers, U.S. Treasury Seal, Seal and 4 index numbers of the Federal Reserve Bank.

 

 

One hundred Dollars Federal Reserve Note series 1996

US 100 dollars 1996

US 100 dollars 1996

 

Main security features of the banknote

US 100 dollars 1996 security features

US 100 dollars 1996 security features

US 100 dollars 1996 security features

US 100 dollars 1996 security features

US 100 dollars 1996 security features

1. Watermark:

Multitoned portrait of Benjamin Franklin, repeating portrait on the banknote on a smaller scale.

2. Security thread:

The transparent polymer stripe imbedded into the paper with text "...USA 100..." in direct and overturned image. Under ultraviolet light security, thread appears in red both on the face and on the back. There are genuine banknotes with distorted polymer thread (stretched and hence narrowed one), what makes micro printing also distorted.

3.  Micro printing: digits of the number «100» in the left lower corner are filled in by lines with the frequent text «USA100» (3,1); on the jacket collar of the Franklin's portrait there is a diagonal inscription «THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA» (3.2).

When it held obliquely. One may meet genuine banknotes where the "100" practically does not contain this special ink, but has a relief natural for intaglio. When this security element examined, it is necessary to pay attention to the existence and disposition of light-colored engraving lines within the wide dashes of the figures.

5. Magnetic security:

The black ink used for printing on the face contains ferro-magnetic component. Fragments of the pictures obtaining magnetic properties shown. Boundaries of the fragments may be 2-3 mm moved comparing with the ones shown. There may be found such genuine banknotes with ferro-magnetic component in smaller quantities present where it should not exist. Hence, many automatic currency detectors identify these banknotes as forgeries.

Security fibers:

The paper contains imbedded in a chaotic manner red and blue security fibers.

4.  Optically variable ink:

Figure "100" printed by special ink, which appears in green when the banknote is viewed perpendicular to its surface and in dark-purple

Paper: light yellow, with watermark, security thread and fibers.

Printing methods: intaglio:

On the face — all pictures except serial numbers, character digit Federal Reserve Bank index under the left serial number and U.S. Treasury Seal over the right serial number;

On the back — all pictures;

Letterpress:

On the face — serial numbers, character-digit Federal Reserve Bank index under the left serial number, U.S. Treasury Seal.

 

One hundred Dollars Federal Reserve Note series 1999 / Modification banknote

US 100 dollars 1999

US 100 dollars 1999

 

US 100 dollars 1999 security features

US 100 dollars 1999 security features

US 100 dollars 1999 security features

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US 100 dollars 1999 security features

The US Federal Reserve Bank has introduced 100 dollars banknote of 1999 Into circulation.

On the face of the banknote, the following characteristics been changed: representation of the issue year of the series (1), the signature of the Treasury Secretary and the first letter of the serial numbers (2). The rest of the images on the face and back of the banknote does not differ from those on the 1996 series banknote.

One security feature been added - the design of the back of the banknote is realized by means of metameric inks. When treated with infrared light, two light- colored vertical stripes can be identified to the left of the center (3). The width and the disposition of the stripes as well as the presence of supplementary light- colored narrow stripes (marked by arrows) can slightly vary on different banknotes depending on parameters of technological process (4).

Other security features (in comparison with the 1996 series banknote) have not undergone any changes. At the same time, examination of the watermark on the 1999 series banknote allows to identify at least two different patterns reflecting the structure of nettings of the papermaking machine (5). Analogous patterns can be also detected on the 20 dollars banknote of 1996