New $10 Note to Debut in Early 2006
Founding father Alexander Hamilton is a colorful character, at least on the new $10 bill. The redesigned note, due to enter circulation in early 2006, adds a new color palette to a bevy of other anticounterfeiting features.
New look keeps security at the forefront
The new $10 note, unveiled at Ellis Island in New York Harbor on Sept. 28, retains several of the security features that were introduced into U.S. currency in the 1990s, including color-shifting ink, a watermark, and a security thread. The color-shifting numeral “10” changes color from copper to green when the bill is tilted.
A watermark portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first secretary of the Treasury, appears to the right of his portrait. The plastic security thread woven into the note repeats the words “USA TEN” and glows orange when held under ultraviolet light.
Broadening the color palette
Perhaps the most noticeable difference in the new $10 note is the addition of red, yellow, and orange. Two images of the Statue of Liberty’s torch are printed in red on the face of the note. The words “We the People” from the U.S. Constitution are printed in red to the right of the portrait, behind the Treasury Department seal. On the face of the note, small yellow 10s appear in the background to the left of the portrait; on the back of the note, they appear to the right of the vignette. The bill’s background is a subtle shade of orange.
Updated currency designs are being introduced every five to seven years. Next in line for a makeover is Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill, scheduled for a redesign in 2007.