100 dollar bill -- real or fake?
October 2, 2011 1:52 PM Subscribe
Is my $100 bill real or counterfeit?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (33 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently tried to deposit four $100 bills in the ATM. Three were accepted, one was rejected. With regard to the source of these bills -- it is conceivable that it could be counterfeit.
I looked at this website to try to determine whether the bill is real:
Points in favor of the bill:
*There are red and blue fibers that are clearly real and not just printed on. (One of them I might even be able to tear off if I had very good tweezers. Could this last fact actually be a point against the bill?)
*There's a watermark of Ben Franklin on the right-hand side of the bill.
*There's a USA100 USA100 strip to the left of the portrait.
*With regard to the rest of the points on the website, the printing/border/etc. appears to be clear, distinct, regular and so on -- but I can't exactly tell for sure.
Points against the bill:
*The ATM rejected it.
*The paper of the bill possibly feels different than other bills I have -- thinner, more lightweight. (But maybe I'm just imagining this now that it is an issue? Confirmation bias, etc.? I don't really know anything about currency.)
*The bill is a Series 2003. Apparently there was a redesign in 2004, so perhaps the counterfeiters were trying to get a date that was as recent as possible but still before a new, harder-to-fake bill? (This last might be a stretch.)
Any thoughts? Any experience with bills? Any experience with ATMs? Any advice for what I should do?
(Also, side question: Would it be immoral/unethical/stupid to take the bill to the grocery store, try to pay for my groceries without mentioning my concern? I think I'm answering my own question here [i.e., no, don't do this], but on the other hand, if it's good enough for a business to accept it, it's good enough, right?)