Benjamin Franklin gets a high-tech face-lift

A hundred years after the first $100 bill was issued in 1914, the “Ben Franklin” received a much-needed makeover in an effort to thwart sophisticated counterfeiters. The new $100 bill entered circulation today, according to The Federal Reserve Board; however, may take some time to reach our neck of the woods.

The are made of a paper blend that is difficult to reproduce and the number "100" has shifted in color. In addition, the bills feature a three-dimensional blue security ribbon with images that appear to move when the note is tilted and a copper inkwell with a holographic bell that changes color when tilted.

A slew of new anti-counterfeiting features also included hidden microprint text and subtle watermark images. Change to the image of America's Founding Father on the bill is minor; part of the Declaration of Independence was added to Franklin's left shoulder as well more texture to his collar.

The Federal Reserve estimates that at any given time, one-half of $100 bills are in circulation abroad, making the banknotes one of the country's largest exports. Those with lots of previously printed $100 bills should not fear as the old Benjamins continue to be legal. Over time, banks collect the older bills and exchange them for the new ones.