The New High-Tech $100 Bill Edition

Did you see the unveiling of the new $100 Bill? Although, it has a snazzy new high-tech design to ward off counterfeiting, I am a little conflicted about its changes.

Mr. Benjamin Franklin still highly adorns the $100, but they have taken away the Liberty Bell and replaced it with an inkwell. Oh my!

Inkwells are many, but there is only one Liberty Bell of Independence Hall. Ringing on July 8, 1776, to summon its citizens to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then in 1837, it was revered as a symbol to the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. There is quite a significant importance in our Libery Bell that adorns the C-note.

Oh wait, the liberty bill is now inside the inkwell. *sigh* Just not as cool looking.

The $100 bill also was tagged with a bright blue security ribbon composed of thousands of tiny lenses that magnify objects in mysterious ways. Government says, “move the bill and the objects move in a different direction”. Hmmm… You mean you can’t pull the stip out like in the current bills?

Oh hey, Mr. Benjamin Franklin’s face and the and the lower left, front “100” of the bill will change color from copper to green when you move the bill around.

Well, the new $100 bill looks quite interesting. I look forward to playing with my C-notes like a druggie spectacles bright lights. You see, according to, that new blue security ribbon gives a 3-D effect “to the micro-images that the thousands of lenses will be magnifying. Tilt the note back and forth and you will see tiny bells on the ribbon change to 100s as they move. But that’s not all. Tilt the note back and forth and the images will move side to side. Tilt the note side to side and the images will move up and down.” What do you think? Is this New High-Tech $100 bill strong enough to keep counterfeiters away or make them eager for a bigger challenge?

The new high-tech $100 bill will go into circulation Feb. 10, 2011.


[Source] – great video of changes made to the new $100 bill

This Week’s Progress

  • If you haven’t heard Wealth Pilgrim, Fiscal Fizzle, and I have broke the 100K Alexa mark in our Yakezie Challenge. We are all heading off to the tattoo parlor to ink the Yakezie symbol. πŸ˜‰
  • Mrs. Nespy’s Frugal World put together a great interview featuring moi. She got a knack for putting together great interviews! She already hosted great interviews featuring Adam, Ninja, and Brad. Check em’ out! Mrs. Nespy has quite a cool blog!
  • Feeling spoiled after winning the Netbook in Couple Money’s 6-month Anniversary…
    This week I found out I am one of three recipients to win an Apple iPad, in the Money Crasher’s File Taxes Online in 2010 – Win an Apple iPod Giveaway. I think the tech Gods are speaking to me.

This Morning’s Breakfast

Don’t knock it until you try it! A Southwestern Tofu Scramble taste very similar to scrambled eggs. Now if you want the yellow color of scrambled eggs, just add a little ground tumeric. Wha la!

Serve the scramble with some homemade salsa, veggie links, and corn tortillas. YUM! YUM! Oh ya, don’t forget the coffee!


3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 14-ounce firm water-packed tofu, rinsed and crumbled
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 small zucchini, diced
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
4 scallions, sliced
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: (Step 1) Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu, chili powder, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the tofu begins to brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. (Step 2) Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add zucchini, corn, scallions and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are just tender, about 3 minutes. Return the tofu to the pan and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese until just melted. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons salsa and 1 tablespoon cilantro.

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11 thoughts on “The New High-Tech $100 Bill Edition

  1. Forest

    Breakfast looks yummy! Turmeric is supposedly good for alzeimer’s so I add it to a ton of things including scrambles. I make a Mexican style scramble with veggies (lots of red peppers), chilli powder and turmeric…. This is yummy wrapped in a tortilla.

    I love looking at new money. I still am enthralled by the Egyptian money even though I have been here 5 months. I loved the fact that the Canadian $5 had hockey players on it…. The new English coins are the coolest thing ever. You can put them all together to make one design (

    1. money funk

      When I was a kid, I loved collecting coins. Especially the Italian Lira with its contrasting gold and silver. I wonder if I still have the box somewhere with all my coins. Was my absolutely favorite aside from collecting stamps with my mom.

      Now the scramble, you could add anything. Just like an egg scramble. And I am totally with you on a Mexican scramble with chili and a side of pinto beans, homemade salsa… yum! yum! Okay, its morning for me. I know what I am having. πŸ™‚

      1. Forest

        Hmmm I think I know what I am having for dinner actually… Off to eat my sweet potato, get a Hawaiian shirt (for a party, not dinner), some pinto beans and then head off home πŸ™‚

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  3. Des

    That breakfast looks so good! I’m not too hot on tofu though, so I might try something similar with scrambled eggs.

    My most recent breakfast success was scrambled eggs with wild asparagus. The asparagus was a gift from a friendly bar owner in Spain, so very frugal too!

    1. Money Funk

      Oh, I love asparagus! Do you know asparagus isn’t harvest in the first 3 years of growth? Crazy! Makes for awesome omelets or fritattas. Very nice of your friend.

  4. Money Reasons

    Hmmm, I got to get a look at that new $100 bill!

    Congrats on passing the 100,000 alexa threshold! What are you going to get for a tattoo πŸ˜‰

    1. Money Funk

      Thanks! We were planning on getting the Yakezie symbol πŸ˜‰ LOL.

      Did you like the bill? Are the security features as cool as they say?

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    1. Money Funk

      Hey Sharon! I was just thinking about you and was gonna stop by to say, ‘hi’. Great minds think alike. I think we should work on obtaining $100 bills. A whole pile of them. And then jump on the bed and throw them around. LOL. How often do we get to act like kids? πŸ˜‰

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