The Evolution Of The $100 Bill

People are freaking out over the new $100 bills. Here’s how they looked in ye olden days.

1. Pre-1860s

When we didn’t have a centralized bank, private banks would issue their own notes. So your paper “money” might look different depending on what institution you got it at.

2. 1860s

At this point — during the Civil War — these United States Notes or Legal Tender gained a nickname you’ve probably heard: Greenbacks.

3. 1860s

The Confederacy actually had currency of their own. And it certainly reflected the values and circumstances of the South — this note depicts a slave loading cotton into a wagon.

4. 1863

A very rare Gold Certificate. This would have represented actual gold coins. It’s up for auction with a starting bid of $900,000. So if you have money…to buy money…go for it.

5. 1878

The introduction of Silver Certificates featured a portrait of James Monroe.

6. 1880s

A $100 United States Note featuring Abraham Lincoln.

7. 1890

Here’s what was called a Coin Note, to be used for purchase of “silver bullion” aka silver coins. And featured some general no one remembers.

8. 1914

Here’s where the $100 bill gets its famous nickname — when Benjamin Franklin was finally put on the front.

9. 1929

This year saw a big change — the bills shrank in physical size to become the dimensions we are now used to today.

10. 1934

Minor physical changes. But the note no longer allowed the bearer to redeem it for gold.

11. 1966

The back now features “In God We Trust.”

12. 1990s

Remember these guys? These bills included security features like a metallic security strip.

13. 1996

A major overhaul of the $100 bill brings a re-vamped design with even more security features — a hologram-like watermark, extremely small red and blue fibers, and black light capabilities. Damn, money is complicated.

14. 2013

Voilà! Here’s your new Benjamin which apparently will come with a 3-D security ribbon and a ton of other space age shit.

15. Then (1862) vs. Now (2013):

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