April 30th, 2013
09:44 AM ET

What would Franklin think of the $100 bill?

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Watch the video for a first look at the new $100 bill. When the government released a sneak peek last week, critics in America were less than thrilled about the new Franklin. It seems Americans like their greenbacks green, and many were taken aback by the shades of purple and orange.

But perhaps Ben Franklin's more important constituency today is overseas. After all, almost two-thirds of all $100 bills circulate overseas, not stateside, according to a study by one of the government's own economists.

And perhaps that's fitting for a bill festooned with images of a man who lived and loved the ex-pat life, first in London to represent colonial Pennsylvania and then in Paris to represent the young United States.

But what would Franklin, a printer, make of the high-tech anti-counterfeiting measures that are meant to stop people from printing his image?

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  1. JAL

    Encryption is just a sophisticated puzzle. I think currency should have (also) less sophisticated puzzles (or neat stuff) in the design. For example, watermarks, microscopic images and tiny spiders!

    April 30, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
  2. Hahahahahahah

    Ben Franklin would say, "You mean it's not backed by anything? It's just paper? Are you f_cking kidding me?" Hahahahahahahah

    April 30, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Please Hahahahahahah, do keep that nasty Tea Party lingo out of this discussion. It has no place here.

      April 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • Hahahahahahah

        I'm a democrat. And it's just............PAPER!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahah

        April 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
      • waz

        thats not politics, joseph... thats true. i am sure that franklin was familiar with the concept of fiat currency. and its true that he would probably not like it. Inflating fiat currency is how european monarchs financed wars and destroyed their economies! Every fiat currency has fallen at some point. Thats the whole idea!

        May 2, 2013 at 7:56 am |
  3. 100 % ETHIO

    I do not think, people will stop printing. Mainly, the close friends and relatives of U.S treasury departments, who will share the new techniques and materials used to print the American Dollars.

    Opps! Whatever has been done by the People, will be done by the People.

    April 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  4. Richard in Houston

    Two thirds are overseas? That is just frightening.

    April 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  5. j. von hettlingen

    The $100 bill might be wiidely used abroad. Still China has about five times as much cash in circulation as the US.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
  6. 100%American

    If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would be ashamed of the One Hundred dollar bill. He would discover that all this money the Federal Reserve has printed has actually become what is called a "PetroDollar" and what we have done to preserve this "PetroDollar" is beyond horrific.

    May 2, 2013 at 2:37 am | Reply
    • waz

      he might be simply amazed that a piece of paper with his face on it is worth so much to countries that aren't even the USA!

      May 2, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
  7. Jocho Johnson

    Yeah 2/3 are outside the US because we're freaking broke in the US

    May 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  8. Ivo

    A colourful piece of toilet paper

    May 5, 2013 at 2:28 am | Reply

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