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The $100 bill is a Federal Reserve Note valued at 10,000 cents (equivalent to 2,000 nickels, 1,000 dimes, 400 quarters, 100 $1 bills, 20 $5 bills, ten $10 bills, five $20 bills, or two $50 bills). It has always been a Federal Reserve Note since 1935, with the exception of a brief run of United States Notes in 1968 and 1971.

On the front is Benjamin Franklin, and on the back is the United States Independence Hall.


Series 1977 and 1981

$100-A (1981) $100-B (1982)

In 1981, more than 300 million Series 1977 $100 bills have been in circulation. The last ones were production in 1982, when they were replaced by their Series 1981 counterparts. The Series 1981 bills were produced for two years starting in June 1982. Production of these bills ended in October 1984, like the $50 bill.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1977, printed in earlier 1981 1981–1988
Series 1977, printed in late 1981 1981–1989
Series 1977, printed in January 1982 1982–1989
Series 1977 and 1981, printed from February–November 1982 1982–1990
Series 1981, printed in 1983 1983–1990
Series 1981, printed in 1984 1984–1990

Series 1981A

$100-A (1985) $100-I (1985)

Like the $50 bill, Series 1981A $100 bills were produced for only one year, from October 1984 to October 1985. 176 million were made, and the last ones were released in June 1987.

Since the lifespan for a $100 bill is always longer than smaller denominations, Series 1981A bills lasted in frequent circulation through 1992, when prevalence dropped to less than 1%.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1981A, printed in 1984 1984–1991
Series 1981A, printed in 1985 1985–1991

Series 1985

$100-D (1988) $100-G (1986)

Production of Series 1985 $100 bills began after James A. Baker III became Secretary of the Treasury. A total of 598,400,000 Series 1985 $100 bills were released to circulation, 3,328,000 of them as Star Notes, all still intact as of January 1, 1991.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1985, printed in 1985 and 1986 1986–1991
Series 1985, printed from June–July 1987 1987–1991
Series 1985, printed in September 1987 1987–1993
Series 1985, printed in January 1988 1988–1993
Series 1985, printed from February–April 1988 1988–1994
Series 1985, printed November 1988–June 1989 1989–1994

Series 1988

$100-B (1990) $100-D (1990)

Like the $50 bill, the $100 bill got a Series 1988 in mid-1989, and production continued through January 1991. Until 1994, all 608,000,000 Series 1988 $100 bills remained in circulation.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1988, printed from June–September 1989 1989–1994
Series 1988, printed from March–April 1990 1990–1994
Series 1988, printed from May–October 1990 1990–1995
Series 1988, printed from November 1990–January 1991 1991–1995

Series 1990

$100-G (1991)

In 1991, microscopic printing was added around Franklin's portrait on all newer $100 bills, before they began circulation as Series 1990. The last Series 1990 bills were printed in October 1994.

Until at least September 1995, all 1,680,000,000 Series 1990 $100 bills remained in circulation.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1990, printed in 1991 1991–1996
Series 1990, printed in 1992 1992–1996
Series 1990, printed from November 1992–April 1993 1993–1996
Series 1990, printed from October–November 1993 1994–1996
Series 1990, printed from December 1993–July 1994 1994–1997
Series 1990, printed from July–October 1994 1994–1998

Series 1993

$100-B (1995) $100-F (1995) $100-I (1995) 100dollar back

The Series 1993 $100 bills were produced for only one year, from 1994 to 1995. This run of $100 bills was short-lived as Series 1985 and 1988 bills, having only 723,200,000 produced.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1993, printed in late 1994 1994–1998
Series 1993, printed in 1995 1995–1999

Series 1996

$100-F (1997) $100-K (1997)

The $100 bill was redesigned in October 1995 as Series 1996, with the first bills entering circulation on March 25, 1996. Three years later, by 1999, at least 99% of all $100 bills in circulation were Series 1996, and production ended in July of that year.

Production went on hiatus through October 2000, resulting in these bills remaining the current ones up to date until then.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1996, printed from October–November 1995 1996–1999
Series 1996, printed in December 1995 1996–2000
Series 1996, printed in January 1996 1996–2001
Series 1996, printed from January–February 1996 1996–2002
Series 1996, printed from February–April 1996 1996–2003
Series 1996, printed from May–October 1996 1996–2004
Series 1996, printed from November 1996–July 1997 1997–2005
Series 1996, printed from July–November 1997 1997–2006
Series 1996, printed from December 1997–June 1998 1998–2006
Series 1996, printed from October 1998–February 1999 1999–2007
Series 1996, printed from February–May 1999 1999–2008
Series 1996, printed from May–July 1999 1999–2009

Series 1999

$100-F (2001)

Series 1999 $100 bills were produced beginning in October 2000, and released into circulation in early 2001, starting with the first 201.6 million. Another 310.4 million followed in 2002, for a total of 512 million.

While these bills were super rare to find, they remained in frequent circulation through 2010.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 1999, printed from October 2000–January 2001 2001–2009
Series 1999, printed from October 2001–March 2002 2002–2009

Series 2001

$100-B (2002)

The run of Series 2001 $100 bills lasted longer than the Series 1999 bills, with over 1.15 billion bills produced in 2002 and 2003. Circulation began in June 2002, and the last bills were released on April 6, 2004.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2001, printed in 2002 2002–2009
Series 2001, printed in 2003 2003–2012
Series 2001, printed in 2004 2004–2012

Series 2003

$100-B (2004)

A year after John W. Snow succeeded O'Neill in February 2003, the Series 2003 $100 bills began production, and circulation began on April 6, 2004. Just more than 1 billion were made.

The last Series 2003 $100 bills were released as Star Notes on November 3, 2005.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2003, printed in 2004 2004–2012
Series 2003, printed from December 2004–June 2005 2005–2013

Series 2003A

$100-F (2006)

Anna Escobedo Cabral succeeded Marin as Treasurer of the United States in 2005. Her signature appeared on new Series 2003A $100 bills, which began circulation on July 27, 2005. More than 1.5 billion were made.

The last Series 2003A $100 bills were released on May 8, 2007.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2003A, printed in 2005 2005–2013
Series 2003A, printed in 2006 2006–2013
Series 2003A, printed in 2007 2007–2013

Series 2006

$100-A (2010) $100-D (2008)

After Henry Paulson replaced Snow in July 2006, his signature appeared on new Series 2006 $100 bills, which entered circulation on April 4, 2007. Over 4 billion were produced, making these bills the first long-running series since the 1996 bills. The last ones were released on June 17, 2010, while the Star Notes continued through April 2012.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2006, printed in 2007 2007–2013
Series 2006, printed in 2008 2008–2013
Series 2006, printed from January–February 2009 2009–2013
Series 2006, printed from March–June 2009 2009–2015
Series 2006, printed from June–October 2009 2009–2016
Series 2006, printed from October 2009–May 2010 2010–2017

Series 2006A

$100 (Series 2009) $100-B (2012)

The current design of the $100 bill was unveiled on April 21, 2010. Its proposed release date to circulation was February 10, 2011, but on October 1, 2010, the new design was announced to be delayed to a later date because the BEP identified a problem with sporadic creasing of the paper during printing of the Series 2009 notes, resulting in the Federal Reserve not having sufficient inventories to begin distributing the new $100 notes as planned. Eight of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks in the United States of America have stopped producing these bills altogether before the delay was announced. At that time, exactly 1.2 billion of them have already been printed.

This also caused the old 1996 design to continue as Series 2006A, in which the first bills were released one week after the Series 2009 bills' proposed release date, on February 17, 2011. Production began after most of the Series 2009 bills were finished. These bills were produced through May 2013, for a total of over 3.5 billion, or about 39% of all $100 bills.

Series year/print date Minimum lifespan
Series 2006A, printed from January–November 2011 2011–2017
Series 2006A, printed from November 2011–January 2012 2012–2018
Series 2006A, printed since February 2012 2012–present
Series 2006A, printed in 2013 2013–present

Series 2009A

$100-G (2013)

Although Jack Lew replaced Timothy Geithner in 2013, Geithner's signature still appeared on the new Series 2009A $100 bills, when they entered circulation on October 8, 2013 (even though the first BEP report was published on April 7, 2012). Since that time, all further $100 bills have now been printed exclusively at the Western Currency Facility at Fort Worth, Texas. Only bills printed up to September 2013 were released to circluation first, while any $100 bills since September 2013 made their debut in 2014.

A short run of Series 2013 bills occurred for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from November 2014 to March 2015, before reverting back to Series 2009A, which continued through April 2017, when more Series 2013 bills were produced. The last Series 2009A bills were released on May 10, 2017.

Series 2009

$100-I (2010)

The first Series 2009 bills were released nationwide in April 2016, despite being produced from 2010 to 2011, and therefore would have been released on February 10, 2011.

Series 2013

$100-B (2017)

While the Series 2013 bills were not expected to be released to frequent circulation until early 2018 (after all of the Series 2009A and 2009 bills have been released first), it was reported that the first few were indeed already in circulation starting in September 2017. However, the first BEP report regarding these bills was published on January 9, 2015.