Early $100 notes used different designs for each currency type and were larger in size than today’s currency. In 1929, U.S. currency was reduced in size and designs were standardized; the $100 note featured an image of Benjamin Franklin on the face and Independence Hall on the back. The newest $100 note, Series 2009, uses modified versions of these iconic figures and, in keeping with the currency redesign efforts begun in 2003, incorporates color and a number of new security features.
From large- to small-sized, from varied to standardized designs, to the addition of security features and color, $100 notes have changed over time. Snapshots of the past and present, the notes displayed here offer a select sampling of the many design variations to be found for a single denomination.