New $5 Bill Debuts Today

Abe gets a colorful makeover on copy-resistant bills
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2008 11:45 AM CDT
These handout images provided by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, show the front, top, and back of the new five dollar bill. Honest Abe is becoming colorful Abe with splashes of purple and gray.    (AP Photo/Bureau of Engraving and Printing)
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(Newser) – Honest Abe may've been a bit pasty and gaunt, but the public can now see him in a more vivid hue: The redesigned $5 bill, complete with splashes of purple designed to thwart pesky counterfeiters, is being released today. Lincoln keeps his place on the front, and his memorial on the back—and the first new fiver will be spent at Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, DC.

The purple lies in the center of the note, fading to gray at the edges, the AP reports. The replacement bill also has a larger, purple “5” in one corner; two watermarks as well as some high-tech alterations make it harder to copy. The changes are similar to those already made to the $10, $20, and $50 bills; next up for a makeover is the $100 bill.