New Bills Make the Grade
Jacob's never seen a $100 bill, except in pictures.
Jacob, age 9, thinks the new $5 bill "makes the grade."

If the new $5 and $100 bills got report cards, they'd probably get A's for how smart they are!

How can a $5 bill or $100 bill be smart? Even though they look like simple pieces of paper, they aren't.

The U.S. Treasury has had to find ways to make it tough for counterfeiters—people who make fake money—to make their own money using color copiers and printers.

If you look closely at the bills, you'll see extra- colorful threads. Just like the threads that hold your clothes together, these threads are right in the fabric of the $5 bills that are here, and $100 bills that are still in the printing process.

If you hold these bills up to the light, they glow blue. That's a sign that the  bill you're holding is real.

There also are watermarks on the new bills. Watermarks and security threads make it hard for people to make counterfeit money and try to use it.

Both the colored threads and the watermark make the bills more secure. Because of them, the bills are harder for thieves to copy.

And there's more... 

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