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Ben Franklins To Debut Tuesday

WASHINGTON (UPI) — New bells, but no whistles, will appear on a snazzy $100 bill set for release on Tuesday after a two-year delay, U.S. officials said.

The $100 bill, affectionately known as a Ben Franklin, will have a security strip embedded in the paper that is decorated with bells that turn into “100s” as you change the angle of the currency.

The new bill, which is intended to thwart counterfeiters, will also have an inkwell and a bell to the right of Ben Franklin’s image. When the bill is tilted, these images turn color and disappear, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

The new Ben Franklins were scheduled to debut in February 2011, but that was delayed when a crease formed in some of the paper during printing, leaving the bills with a blank spot, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing said.

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