Currency Redesign Wrap-Up: New $100 Bill, Ronald Reagan and Canada’s New Plastic Money

Redesigned money seems to be where it’s at these days, so here’s a complete wrap-up on all the latest from this exciting field for both designers and thieves. First up some news for you high-rollers (which most of you should be, given our very expensive UnBeige VIP subscription fee), following the recent redesign of the low-rent penny, the US Treasury has announced that they will be rolling out a new high-security 100 dollar bill on April 21st. It’s set to be a big event, with Ben Bernanke included, among other officials, for the public release of the new bill. Unfortunately, this will do nothing to appease the group who wants Ulysses S. Grant off the 50 dollar bill and Ronald Reagan put in as his replacement. The movement is being fronted by Republican Representative Patrick McHenry from North Carolina, much to the chagrin of some Democrats and even a few fellow Republicans (reference to “pandering to voters” come from that camp). Finally, while we here in the US lay out new looks for old bills and bicker about whose face should be where, our neighbors to the north are planning a much more ambitious redesign. The Bank of Canada have announced that they will be transitioning from paper money to plastic-based polymers, which apparently makes notes far more difficult to forge. And while they’re at it, they’re also planning to redesign both the loonie and the toonie, their comically-named $1 and $2 coins. No word yet on whose face will be on any of their new money, but we’re putting our votes in for Doug Henning, Norm Macdonald, and Lewis Urry (inventor of both the alkaline and lithium batteries).