In 2011 you might be lucky enough to carry one of the most sophisticated currencies in circulation. The U.S. will, according to CBS News, change the one hundred dollar bill to do some virtual legerdemain. The casual observer may think her eyes are playing tricks on her as a liberty bell disappears from the face of the bill.
A CBS News report says:
Benjamin Franklin is still on the $100 bill, also known as C-note, but he has been joined by a disappearing Liberty Bell in an inkwell and a bright blue security ribbon composed of thousands of tiny lenses that magnify objects in mysterious ways. Move the bill and the objects move in a different direction.
Little liberty bells will change shape and appear to move. Various icons will color shift. Symbols will appear and disappear. Was this all about designers having a great time showing off their latest magic tricks?
It sounds pretty slick to us. The idea is to make sure counterfeiters are strongly challenged if they try to replicate that bill. Is it foolproof? Maybe not, after all, anything someone can think up, someone else can hack. But it’s an interesting use of technology. The question is, we suppose, is it an effective use of money, even hundred dollar bills, when our economy is still struggling and the U.S. budget groans with the staggering weight of Federal debt?
Guess it doesn’t matter. It’s a done deal. Do you think it’s a prudent move? After all, the hundred is nearly the only bill that hasn’t been duded up in the last ten years. the other is the single and it won’t be changing. Talk to us – what do you think about all this?
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