WHOA. That $100 bill looks AWESOME. Bell in the inkwell? What a fucking hero.
Whoa! I’m taking all of my money out of the stock market and turning it into hundred dollar bills. That’ll be… let’s see here… $23.71 in hundred dollar bills, please.
Five seconds after this was released the counterfeits began circulating.
OK, here’s what I don’t get about the whole counterfeiting thing. The U.S. never stops accepting old designs of its tender, so what’s the point of making new bills to prevent counterfeiting? Can’t your skilled counterfeiters just make a bunch of old hundos stamped 1982 instead?
That’s an interesting question. Here’s my take.
Older, less secure designs become rarer as banks swap them out, so when they do show up in the wild, they are inspected more closely making fakes less effective.
It’s a lot harder to print “old” money than new money. Distressing bills realistically for tens of thousands of bills would be a massive extra challenge. Even today’s money is very hard to forge and requires massive investment, the return on which gets thrown out of whack when you can’t send the bills out fresh and clean.
People can insist on large cash transactions occurring in the new currency, forcing forgeries to banks where they are more likely to be noticed and offering a safer option for the seller in a transaction.
The older an item is supposed to be, the more checks and tests there are to verify that. So new chemical methods of testing older money quickly might be possible once all that money is supposed to be at least 10 years old.
At large scale, the scrutiny for potential recipients of fake notes goes way up. For example, one of the largest producers of high quality fake hundreds is North Korea. They are likely to use those funds for big-ticket items (possibly dangerous items) costing millions of dollars with careful sellers who might insist on the new notes to avoid hassle down the line. This is probably true for other large criminal operations as well where suspicions and education are both high with potential trade partners.
Just my (counterfeit) $.02. Again, interesting question.
Oh, that makes sense! It honestly never occurred to me that cash is used in situations like purchasing large amounts of black-market weaponry or making large exchanges of currency at a bank.
I always think of cash as that thing you hand the bored clerk at the 7-11, who is not going to give a Scott Baio about whether it’s real or not. But obviously that is not the most efficient way for a counterfeiter to unload his piles of hundred-dollar bills. Thanks for your response!
“People can insist on large cash transactions occurring in the new currency”
Can they? I mean obviously anyone can insist on anything they want, but I’m pretty sure that trying to do something like that in like a contract or anything would be illegal, since it would have the undesirable side effect of creating higher demand for new bank notes (or “big face hunneds,” as they’re known at the Treasury), effectively devaluing the currency in circulation.
Which, actually, stimulates spending (better get rid of these old bills before nobody will take ‘em!), so maybe it IS legal and it’s just a real clever anti-recession strategy.
Im gonna look so much cooler when I pull that out to blow lines
Putting some bell in the inkwell, eh?
Actually I was just trying to sound bad-ass. I will hopefully look cooler though when I politely ask the bank-teller for five 20′s instead.
You’re laughing, but some asshole in the Meatpacking District is already saying that unironically.
they forgot to mention the midi horn section that comes with each Benji
they forgot to mention the midi-clorians that comes with each Annakin Skywalker
It’s better than the last one, which I think they used Microsoft WordArt to make.
This is my favorite part: BOOOOOOOOT!
Counterfeiters are basically guaranteed to screw up the number of O’s.
“Suck it, Canada.” – Scott Baio
Yeah, Canadians would have to use their new $150 bill, because socialized medicine. Good job, Federal Preserve!
It’s all aB00000000T the Benjamins, baby.
It tickles me that this has gotten upvotes. It feels like such a crap joke to me.
How come the “new” $100 bill (which is totally awesome, btw) says Series 2009 on it?
They’ve actually been releasing a new bill every year for a very, very long time. The designers are just usually incredibly lazy.
Man I can’t wait for “Hundred Dollar Bill: The Movie”, I hear they got Phillip Seymour Hoffman to play the tortured designer of the new bill.
I just hope it’s better (and less mandatory!) than Coupon: The Movie.
The Federal Preserves seems to have done a great job with the new security features. Let’s see Crazy Jose’s cousin try to counterfeit one of these!
If you don’t know that you can spell the words Mason Conspiracy on it then you’re so naive. Now excuse me while I head to the bank to update all my Benjamin Franklinzzzz$$$$$$$$zzzzzz with the new bread
I feel like Benjamin Franklin is in my house, not that this is the first time this has happened
That sound you heard was counterfeiters across the country crying in unison.
Yes this is nice and all, but can we get Topher Grace on the $2 bill already?
Fuckin’ 100 dollar bill, how does it wo-(gunshot)
did this feel like some sort of fucked up money porn to anyone else? all those curves and close-ups… for the $20s and $50s to get it on to.
I can’t wait to buy my fuckin kids some fuckin Nikes with these shits. 3D MONEY IS DA BOMB
so we have 3D money, but no hoverboards? IT’S 2010, GET ON IT AMERICA
I know right? Also, sex robots.
Franklin was taking way too much focus on that last bill, good thing we got those big 3-D blue bars running down the middle to distract the eye a little.
Relax, technofederalpreserve. (Did I do that right? Nevermind, I did it right.)
FAKE AND GAY. Nah I only wish it were either of those.
Fucking 3-D Security Ribbons, how do they work?
And I don’t wanna talk to a scientist
Y’all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed
oh no i just read the thread on squeezy and the mysterious taxes and tom foolery beat me to this. sad
Did James Cameron design this? Because it’s really just the same old thing with blue and some hype added.
Maybe I’ll take out $99.84 from my Canadian bank account and get me one of these, you know, as a souvenir.
HA, the tables have turned. Let’s see you not accept my Canadian quarter this time woman working the Subway at the Denver airport.
It appears the downvote monster has graced us with his presence.
I gave everyone (including Winwood) an upvote. The Universe is balanced.
God bless Zombie Lincoln.
This video made me feel strangely claustrophobic – I kept backing away from my computer because it felt TOO CLOSE and INTENSE. Zoom out! Zoom out! Sexy closeups of $100 bills flying at my face obviously terrify me. First world white people problems.
You mean like those $100 bills are estranged from their parents?
favorite lunch pastime in middle school with my friends? pulling out the security thread out of any money we had.
I expected the camera to dive into the bill and reveal a tiny city before leading to the Saturday, seven-o-clock premiere, okay?
Geithner has this bill in his pocket.
This actually made me forget that money is a societal construct with no intrinsic value for a second. And then they zoomed all the way out and I was like Nope this is still just a piece of paper, albeit with a kickass 3-D strip.
I thought this was the trailer for “National Treasure 3: National Treasury”
Now where the hell is my copy of No Way Out?
Really? No “…but I gotta masturbate at least once DAMN” comment on here?
I want to take it out behind the middle school and get it pregnant.
I’m so excited! I can’t wait to collect them all!
That’s why I’ve been dealing in counterfeit pennies. It’s great for counting practice, and exercise (because lots of coins are heavy).
I guess it looks cool, but I’m waiting for the iBill 4G to come out.
I am 99% sure that is not the real Ben Franklin.
The portrait watermark looks like a boiled Mr. Potato Head.
Ugh the huge Helvetica 100 on the back is the worst. Why is our money getting uglier?
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