After more than two years of delays due to production problems,
Series 2009A $100 Federal Reserve notes were finally released into
circulation on Oct. 8.
The “A” in the Series 2009A designation was unexpected. All
educational materials indicate a Series 2009 designation, because
those materials were approved and printed long before production
delays surfaced at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
The Federal Reserve Board decided to add the letter A after the
series year date to acknowledge the gap in production between the time
the design was approved in 2009 and the time the first notes were released.
Currently, no Series 2009 $100 FRNs are in circulation, though
they exist. The BEP has assured the Federal Reserve that the majority
of the already printed Series 2009 $100 FRNs will eventually be
released to use.
Most of the Series 2009 notes were printed before detection of a
sporadic creasing problem related to the wide, blue, 3-D security
ribbon visible on the face that led to holding back those notes, which
were originally scheduled for a February 2011 release.
The security ribbon is woven into the paper when it is made. The
ribbon represents a new form of technology not previously used on any
U.S. paper money.
The 3-D security ribbon is an optical variable device with 650,000
tiny glass domes, called micro lenses, crammed into it. The micro
lenses act as magnifiers for the multiple microprinted images of a
bell and the numeral 100 on the thread. When the note is tilted, the
images in the strip appear to be moving.
The creasing problem was resolved in late 2011 through a number of
“process changes” including modifying the paper feeder on the printing
presses to accommodate variations in the paper associated with the 3-D
Treasury, BEP and Federal Reserve officials have said the added
anti-counterfeiting devices will make it easier for the public to
authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate the
new $100 FRNs.
While the designs of the new $100 notes have some similarity to
the designs introduced with the Series 1996 notes, the Series 2009 and
2009A $100 notes have more in common with the most recent designs of
the $5 to $50 FRNs.
For more information about the Series 2009A $100 FRNs, visit www.newmoney.gov. ■