Due to debut in February of 2011, the new $100 bill's 3-D strip is actually woven inside the bill itself instead of just being printed on the paper as with previous anti-counterfeiting methods. Considering Benjamin Franklin was the inventor of the first bifocal prescription glasses, I think he would be probably be pretty pleased at having such high-tech capabilities right next to his picture, don't you?
Other innovative techniques that are being implemented to thwart counterfeiters include color-changing images, embedded thread that will glow under ultraviolet light and The United States of America printed in extra-tiny letters (putting my glasses on to see that one!) that would probably be near impossible to duplicate. All of these cool improvements have pushed the appearance of these new bills back 3 years but will hopefully be worth it in terms of security.
These discount eyeglasses help me check out my money, that's for sure!
As for me, even though I wouldn't mind having an extra $100 in my pocket, I think I'd prefer smaller bills. I can't exactly pay for a $1 toy at a garage sale with a $100 bill, now can I?
(Yes, I was compensated for writing this post by GlassesUSA, a great site to get glasses online, but clearly that didn't affect what I had to say about their website as I was able to choose the topic and I think the new $100 bills are pretty cool.)