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U.S. Bank Notes Get Redesigned

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In an effort to prevent and deter increasingly sophisticated counterfeit attempts, U.S. currency will be going through a redesign process. According to the Bureau of Engraving & Printing (BEP), over a decade of research and development, alongside years of optimization and integration testing will be behind the release of these new bank notes and their enhanced security features.

Before these enhanced bank notes can be released, rigorous testing must be done to mitigate manufacturing risks and allow for acceptance in commerce. This testing can take years to complete. The BEP also notes that there are over 10 million bank note equipment machines worldwide that processes U.S. currency, which will add to the time consuming testing process.

All of these tests and redesign efforts are being carried out by the Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence (ACD) Committee, which is comprised of stakeholders from the Treasury, BEP, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve System, and the U.S. Secret Service.

The new note designs will be made public six to eight months ahead of their release. The first of these redesigns are set to release in 2026 with the $10. Following the $10 will be the $50 in 2028, $20 in 2030, $5 in 2032, and finally the $100 in 2034.