The Series 2009A $100 Federal Reserve notes were released into
circulation on Oct. 8.
Coin World staff recently got its first look at an
Yes, you read the series designation correctly, 2009A.
A spokesperson for the Federal Reserve Board said the decision to
add the letter A after the series year date on some of the new notes
recognizes the gap in production between the time the design was
approved in 2009 and the time the first notes were released.
The 2009A series designation was unexpected. All educational
materials reflect Series 2009, because those materials were approved
and printed long before production delays surfaced at the Bureau of
Engraving and Printing.
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, according to the Federal Reserve spokesperson.
Approximately 22 million Series 2009 $100 FRNs rest in vaults at
the two BEP facilities awaiting inspection, according to a BEP spokeswoman.
After the notes are inspected, officials will determine how many
of the notes will be approved for release into circulation. Most of
the 2009 notes sitting in vaults were printed before detection of a
creasing problem related to the blue security ribbon visible on the
face that led to a delay in the release of the notes, originally
scheduled for February 2011.
When the note is tilted back and forth the tiny images of a
Liberty Bell and small numeral 100s printed on the blue ribbon appear
to move. The windowed thread has 650,000 tiny glass domes, called
micro lenses, crammed into the thread. These micro lenses act as
magnifiers for the microprinted images on the thread.
Other design features
The watermark is a faint image of the portrait of Franklin in the
blank space on the right end of the face of the note, also visible to
the left on the back.
Color-shifting ink is used to print a Liberty Bell and a large
numeral 100 on the face of the note. When the note is tilted, the
color-shifting ink makes the bell and the large numeral 100 appear to
change color from green to copper.
The narrow security thread running vertically to the left of
Franklin’s portrait can be seen from both sides of the note when held
up to a light. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the
numeral 100 in an alternating pattern. The thread glows pink when
placed under ultraviolet light.
Microprinting appears on Franklin’s jacket collar in the main
portrait, around the blank space containing the watermark portrait,
along the new golden quill and in other spots
Franklin’s right shoulder feels rough to the touch due to the
enhanced intaglio printing process used to create the image.
The facsimile signatures of former Treasury Secretary Timothy F.
Geithner and U.S. Treasurer Rosa Gumataotao Rios appear stacked to the
left on the face of the note.
The back of the note depicts a new view of the back of
Independence Hall (older $100 FRNs show the front of the building),
and an enlarged numeral 100 printed in gold is intended to help
visually impaired individuals recognize the note’s face value. ■