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Which is harder to counterfeit: the new $100 bill or a $100 casino chip?

The Federal Reserve Board announced that a new $100 bill will begin circulating this October. Unsurprisingly, the Benjamin is the most counterfeited denomination, so the new model includes souped-up security features, along with a totally new look. It led us at the Weekly to wonder: Which is harder to duplicate (and get away with): a Ben or a black?

$100 bill security features

• Raised intaglio printing, giving the note a discernable texture (left)

• 3D security ribbon imbedded with tiny images of 100s and bells that switch back and forth as you move the bill (center)

• Shifting color (green/copper) bell-in-inkwell graphic above Franklin’s shoulder (right)

Security features of a typical $100 casino chip

• UV inlay

• Embedded radio frequency identification chip

• Unique, multicolor, high-resolution artwork

• Eye-in-the-sky monitoring (if you show up at the cashier cage with a box of 100s, they’re going to check the tapes to see whether you’ve been playing a high-stakes table game.)

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