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New $100 bills arriving at Wilmington banks

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New $100 bills have people doing a double take, but they are for real, and they're showing up at banks in Wilmington.

The redesigned Benjamin Franklins have two major security changes that are three dimensional: a 3-D security ribbon and a bell in the inkwell. This on top of the three security features that were carried over from the previous note.

"There's a big mark. It's right down the middle. It's blue now. It's 3-d and very unique. A lot of people, when they see it at first, see a large 100 on the back. It's very different than the previous 100 bills," said Brandia Bradshaw at Park Sterling Bank in Wilmington.

Bradshaw added that the markers used to test the old bills for counterfeit work on the new bills as well.

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In reality...

The $100 bill should have a 60 on it, not 100, as $60 is its real value :-(

Counterfeit Identification

The US government redesigns the $100 bill to give additional features for easy counterfeit detection, and all Ms. Bradshaw has to say about them is "the markers used to test the old bills for counterfeit work on the new bills" Ms. Bradshaw clearly doesn't understand the business she should be an expert in.

The "counterfeit pens" don't work reliably. They don't detect many bills that are counterfeit, and they falsely indicate legitimate bills as being counterfeit if they've been handled extensively, or have been through the washer.

The US government says nothing about using those pens, and provides info to properly identify legitimate currency http://www.newmoney.gov/uscurrency/default.htm

There's also many instances of false arrest based on these pens indicating legitimate bills were counterfeit.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57425608-504083/
http://georgiaplaintiffslawyer.blogspot.com/2012/06/false-positive-anti-...
http://www.grsmb.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Gray-DR.pdf