U.S. Unveils New $20 Note With Background Colors

The New Color of Money will be safer, smarter and more secure. New money designs will be issued as part of an ongoing effort to stay ahead of counterfeiting, and to protect the economy and the hard-earned money of U.S. currency users.

The new $20 note design will be issued beginning October 9, 2003, followed by the $50 and $100 in 2004 and 2005. (Redesign of the $10 and $5 notes is under consideration, but a redesign of the $2 and $1 notes is not planned.)
Continuous improvement in currency design and aggressive law enforcement protect the integrity of U.S. currency.

The combined efforts of public education, law enforcement, and effective changes in currency design have kept counterfeiting at a low level. Current estimates put the level of counterfeit notes in circulation worldwide at between 0.01 and 0.02 percent, or about 1-2 notes in every 10,000.
The new currency designs will help stay ahead of counterfeiters, who are turning increasingly to digital methods, as advances in technology make digital counterfeiting easier and cheaper.

In 1995, less than 1 percent of counterfeit notes detected in the U.S. was digitally produced. By 2002, that number had grown to nearly 40 percent.

To learn more about the new currency and to download an image of the new $20 design, visit www.moneyfactory.com/newmoney

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