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    The Evolution Of The $100 Bill

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

    Pre-1860s

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    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.

    1860s

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

    1860s

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    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.

    1863

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    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.

    1878

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

    1880s

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    A $100 United States Note featuring Abraham Lincoln.

    1890

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    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.

    1914

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

    1929

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

    1934

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

    1966

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    The back now features "In God We Trust."

    1990s

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

    1996

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    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.

    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.

    Then (1862) vs. Now (2013):

    Via: The Wall Street Journal, Planet Oddity, and Wikipedia.

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