|$5 Bill Receives New Look, Security Features
On Sept. 20, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) unveiled a redesigned $5 bill that includes new colors and a number of other anticounterfeiting features. The $5 bill will begin circulating in early 2008.
Bill's new look boosts its security
Also visible—but less so—is the security thread embedded in the bill, which is expected to go into circulation early next year. The thread runs vertically and to the right of President Lincoln's portrait. The letters "USA" followed by the number "5" alternate in a pattern visible along the thread from both sides of the bill. The thread glows blue when exposed to ultraviolet light. The bill also features microprinting with the words "FIVE DOLLARS," "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "USA," and "USA FIVE."
President Lincoln's portrait has also received some attention in the redesign. The oval borders around his portrait have been removed, and the portrait itself has been moved higher on the bill.
Unveiling intended to educate businesses, consumers
Counterfeiting of U.S. currency has been kept at low levels through a combination of improvements in security features, aggressive law enforcement and education to inform the public about how to check their paper money. Next in line for a redesign are Benjamin Franklin and the $100 bill. The government has no plans to redesign the $1 and $2 bills.
September 25, 2007