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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Apr 22 12:23 AM

April 22, 2010: New Benjamin

Next February, the U.S. treasury will issue a new style $100 bill.
The reason for this 3 years overdue, high tech bill, is to thwart counterfeiters, like North Korea.



There's 6.5 billion $100 bills currently in circulation and 66% are out of the country.
Fortunately the old bills are still good, so I won't have to lug all those cardboard boxes in the attic to the bank.




link



Undertoad  Thursday Apr 22 12:51 AM

Finally a colorful US bill. Other nations will stop laughing at our money.

This is almost too many colors, but the tasteful gradient and traditional fonts stop it from looking like play money at all. And the big Chinese pisspot, in bold orange, reminds you who owns the note.



skysidhe  Thursday Apr 22 01:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
And the big Chinese pisspot, in bold orange, reminds you who owns the note.
I found that shockingly clever.


nil_orally  Thursday Apr 22 04:58 AM

UT, we will still laugh at your money, but now it will be for different reasons.



Trilby  Thursday Apr 22 07:04 AM

ben looks better with each re-issue.



spudcon  Thursday Apr 22 08:41 AM

Too bad it will be colored with crayons next. Why does our money need to match a pimp's outfit?



squirell nutkin  Thursday Apr 22 09:06 AM

Ben Jammin
Ben Jammin
I hope you like Ben Jammin too



glatt  Thursday Apr 22 09:11 AM

I'd like to examine one. I don't usually come across them, so I guess a trip to the bank when they come out might be in order.



Sheldonrs  Thursday Apr 22 09:22 AM

Wow! I bet you could buy Boardwalk AND Park Place with one of those!



Gravdigr  Thursday Apr 22 12:48 PM

I bet you could buy almost anything you want with enough of 'em.



Shawnee123  Thursday Apr 22 03:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by squirell nutkin View Post
Ben Jammin
Ben Jammin
I hope you like Ben Jammin too
No. Freaking. Way.

In college we used to call our buddy Ben: Ben Jamin. Everyone called him that. Then, my friends and I who loved Bob Marley would sing this when he came around.

That, and the Damn Chim song. (Dammit, Chim.) And Da Movement of Ja Peepholes.


And for Fly Like an Eagle by Steve MIller, it was "How's the people, living in the street?" Huh? How they doin'?


Cloud  Thursday Apr 22 03:28 PM

now I just have to hear that song! luckily, I have my iPod with my entire music library in my purse. But wait! . . . that song isn't on there! This was back when I initially loaded only my fave songs. So I'll have to dig up my CD and reload it again.

also . . . the picture of the cover of the album on my cover flow . . . has everyone with short hair. Strange!



squirell nutkin  Thursday Apr 22 03:45 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
No. Freaking. Way.

In college we used to call our buddy Ben: Ben Jamin. Everyone called him that. Then, my friends and I who loved Bob Marley would sing this when he came around.

That, and the Damn Chim song. (Dammit, Chim.) And Da Movement of Ja Peepholes.


And for Fly Like an Eagle by Steve MIller, it was "How's the people, living in the street?" Huh? How they doin'?
We used to sing "Pajamas" and "Sitting on a donut hole"


Cloud  Thursday Apr 22 04:05 PM

what is that orange thing, really?



Shawnee123  Thursday Apr 22 04:06 PM

I think it's where the tea partiers keep their bags.



Cloud  Thursday Apr 22 04:15 PM

it's apparently supposed to be an inkwell. hmm.



classicman  Thursday Apr 22 04:57 PM

Although Cloud is right....

Its the fictitious pot of gold that backs up that fiat money.



Shawnee123  Thursday Apr 22 05:15 PM

Sure, you can buy me a Fiat. One of these, please:



TheMercenary  Thursday Apr 22 06:21 PM

Interesting. One of the most counterfitted bills in the world. I guess they have do what ever they can to fend it off.



ZenGum  Thursday Apr 22 10:47 PM

I find it remarkable that 2/3rds of US currency is held outside the USA. We all know why, but that is probably unique in the world today.
And it makes the US deficit and debt problems (nearly) everybody's problems. What if the US decides - or is forced - to devalue the dollar to pay off debt. Watch the Saudis and Chinese wail as their big piles of US$ halve in value.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Apr 22 11:15 PM

Many of the Benjamins are in Mexico and South America.



monster  Thursday Apr 22 11:24 PM

I have one in my possession right now! Doesn't belong to me, but I have one....

What US bills really need is to be different sizes to make it easier for people with limited vision to tell them apart. Being colorful only helps if different bills are different colors. All multicolored is no better than all green.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Apr 22 11:34 PM

I've got 19 of 'em right now, all 1996 issue. They're mine too... until I ransom my truck from the bodyshop.



SPUCK  Friday Apr 23 05:54 AM

We tell you, you shouldn't drive under the influence..



AndyDan  Friday Apr 23 02:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
I find it remarkable that 2/3rds of US currency is held outside the USA.
That's not 2/3rds of all US currency, just 2/3rds of US $100 bills.




Pie  Friday Apr 23 03:25 PM

Check out all the new $100 bill's features in this Wikipedia movie. The inkpot is a "a color changing 'Bell in the Inkwell'". The security ribbon is "3D" (will they hand out the glasses to prove it?)



Sundae  Friday Apr 23 03:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
I think it's where the tea partiers keep their bags.
Or where the tea-baggers keep their parties?

Is it only Presidents that make it onto currency?
No women then I suppose.
Not that I feel superior - we have no choice but to have a woman on all our currency after all.


Shawnee123  Friday Apr 23 04:00 PM

They've tried one dollar coins before: Susan B Anthony and Sacajawea.

They never catch on, but I think it's more the issue of the coin than the wimmenz.

Or, not.



Griff  Friday Apr 23 07:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
I find it remarkable that 2/3rds of US currency is held outside the USA. We all know why, but that is probably unique in the world today.
And it makes the US deficit and debt problems (nearly) everybody's problems. What if the US decides - or is forced - to devalue the dollar to pay off debt. Watch the Saudis and Chinese wail as their big piles of US$ halve in value.
Having Ben's face on our dubious currency is maybe a little ironic.

Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.

When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.


spudcon  Friday Apr 23 08:32 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by

Is it only Presidents that make it onto currency?
No women then I suppose.
Not that I feel superior - we have no choice [I
but[/i] to have a woman on all our currency after all.
Ben Franklin wasn't a President, nor were Al Hamilton and Sam Chase.


Gravdigr  Saturday Apr 24 01:41 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
Sure, you can buy me a Fiat. One of these, please:
F.I.A.T. = Fix It Again Tony


Shawnee123  Saturday Apr 24 09:54 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
Ben Franklin wasn't a President, nor were Al Hamilton and Sam Chase.
I had to google Chase. No WONDER I never saw him on any currency.


monster  Saturday Apr 24 12:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
They've tried one dollar coins before: Susan B Anthony and Sacajawea.

They never catch on, but I think it's more the issue of the coin than the wimmenz.

Or, not.
In my experience, many Americans have absolutely no regard for coins -especially given that the highest regular denomination is 25c- and generally consider them only good for change jars and charitable donations. Having one and two dollar coins means they would need to rethink that. Brits tend more to have been brought up with the "pennies make pounds" idea drummed into them, plus pound coins were introduced long before the previously highest coin -50p- had ceased to have buying power.




Sorry about the appalling grammar, I'm off duty today.


Sundae  Saturday Apr 24 02:06 PM

Apologies at not knowing the Presidents/ non-Presidents.

Bet you don't know who Stafford Cripps or Luther Blissett are without googling either? (aimed at Merkins but without malice)

My question was simply about not having women on the notes. In fact my assumption that they were all Presidents was a favourable one because it gave a good reason.

Then again, if Thatcher appeared on a note I would turn myself inside out if I had to use it. She probably will in years to come. But I don't think in my lifetime, there are enough people that think like me.

Mons, I don't think it's just the pennies make pounds thing. Although I get that. When we were on the gold standard there were sovereigns. That was a lot of money. And certainly when Dads was growing up, a Crown was well worth getting hold of.

Seventy years on the equivalent (without being adjusted for inflation) a Crown = 60p and will therefore still buy you a packet of crisps and some sweets. Not much, true, but imagine what a kid could do with that coin 70 years ago? Or 65 I suppose, given that Dads had to be ambulatory at the time.

Oh - he's 70 this time next week. There've been many phone calls and discussions between old friends etc, so I'm very much up on the lifestyles and ideals of post-war England at present



monster  Saturday Apr 24 04:48 PM

Also, you can't snort coke through a coin. Unless you're Barry Manilow. Is he still going?



spudcon  Saturday Apr 24 10:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
I had to google Chase. No WONDER I never saw him on any currency.
Those bills are just chump change for us high rollers.
Sundae, I didn't mean to be high handed with the Benjamin et al info, just trying to educate. No apologies needed. I do remember Sir Stafford Cripps, but have to admit I don't know what he did, and the other guy, I'm ignorant about. Going to Google now.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Apr 24 11:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
In my experience, many Americans have absolutely no regard for coins -especially given that the highest regular denomination is 25c-
We have 50 cent pieces too, but you hardly ever get one because most of them got married.


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