The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that a newly designed $100 bill would begin circulating in October, more than two years after the initial target date.
The $100 bill, a prime target for counterfeiters, will in its new version feature advanced security features such as a blue 3-D ribbon running through the middle and a disappearing image of the Liberty Bell. Benjamin Franklin's face will still be printed off-center on the front of the bill.
The new note was originally slated to begin circulating in 2011, but problems including unwanted creases in bills delayed production until this year.
The new $100 bill is the latest efforts by the Federal Reserve to outwit counterfeiters with increasingly sophisticated designs.
In 2003, the government began rolling out $20 bills with peach, blue and green backgrounds, the first time in modern American history where notes included colors other than green and black. Redesigns soon followed of the $5, $10 and $50 bills.