Abe Gets Colorization Treatment on New Fin
WASHINGTON, DC—Abraham Lincoln will be surrounded by color when the Federal Reserve circulates a new $5 bill next March. The splashes of purple and gray, along with some high-tech features, are aimed at frustrating counterfeiters.
Initially not slated for a makeover, the government had a change of heart with the realization that counterfeiters were bleaching the $5 bill and printing fake $100 bills with the bleached paper. A number of the security features were in the same locations on both denominations.
The government is changing the $5 bill’s watermark from one of Lincoln to two marks featuring the numeral five. The $100 has a watermark with Ben Franklin’s image.