$50 bill gets a makeover

September 29, 2004

The U.S. government continues its changes to U.S. currency M-{ intended to thwart counterfeiting M-{ with a new look for the $50 bill. The new bills went into circulation yesterday.

Security thread: a plastic strip embedded in the paper with M-tUSA 50M-v written on it; glows yellow under ultraviolet light

Color-shifting ink: the M-t50M-v changes from green to copper when the note is tilted

Color: Subtle background colors, reds and blues, added

Watermark: a faint second image of Ulysses S. Grant is seen when the bill is held up to light

Microprinting: yellow M-t50sM-v scattered around the back of the note

Source: Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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