WASHINGTON: The new $100 bill, with an array of high-tech features designed to thwart counterfeiters, will get its coming out party today.
The Federal Reserve, which has not been affected by the shutdown, will have armored trucks rolling from its regional banks around the country headed to banks, savings and loans and other financial institutions with the new C-notes.
The bills took more than a decade to develop and the introduction was plagued by production problems that set back the rollout by 2½ years. But officials say the problems have now been fixed.
Some bank customers could start seeing the new bills by this afternoon depending on how close their bank is to a regional Fed facility.
The bill redesign, the first for the $100 bill since March 1996, will have a disappearing Liberty Bell in an ink well and a bright blue three-dimensional security ribbon with images that move in the opposite direction from the way the bill is being tilted.