Back in 2007, Chen Chiang Liu, a Taiwanese national who resided near L.A., was caught using North Korean counterfeit $100 bills in Las Vegas casinos. The notes he used were such high forgeries that millions of dollars passed through electronic detection devices before he was apprehended. It turns out the country near the Sea of Japan needed to launder these bills into the international market so it could pay for its nuclear missiles and counterfeit pharmaceuticals programs, its Dear Leader’s opulent life, and, finally, to feed its starving citizens.
Now, the new Benjamin. Not only is it more colorful, it also contains two security components. One is the 3-D Blue Ribbon. When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells change into 100s, and these same bells and 100s will move side to side. But, when the entire note is angled side to side, the bells and the 100s will move up and down. How cool it that! All inside the ribbon! The other new item is the color-changing Bell in the Inkwell. When the note is slanted, the bell’s color toggles from green to copper to simulate it appearing and disappearing in the inkwell. Neat, isn't it? You can find more here.
After living abroad and seeing the elaborately ornate currencies of other countries, I, for one, am glad we’ve moved away from the boring green and black notes of the previous millennium. And, for the next major redesign of one of our bills, I want to see it feature a woman.