This is a counterfeit $100 bill.
Counterfeiters are printing them in China, and they are virtually indistinguishable from the ones that The Fed prints over on Blue Mound Road in Fort Worth.
This counterfeit money isn't backed by any commodity (gold, silver, etc.) and it could wreak havoc on our economy.
This is a genuine $100 bill.
There is almost no way to distinguish this one from the Chinese counterfeit one. It isn't backed by any commodity (gold, silver, etc.) and it could wreak havoc on our economy.
If you take either of these to a bank, you can swap them for 100 pictures of George Washington, or 20 pictures of Abraham Lincoln, or 5 pictures of Andrew Jackson. The bank will not give you any gold or silver in exchange for them. They are only worth what people think they're worth.
Chinese counterfeiters and Ben Bernanke are both paying their bills with worthless paper. All discussions of the new debt ceiling are fundamentally silly, because we've been paying our debts with worthless paper for about 35 years.
In the meantime, don't bother looking at your paper money very closely. All of it is fake.