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Redesigned $20 Bill Has Hard-to-Copy Features

Reuters

A redesigned $20 bill, intended to be harder to counterfeit, will be made public in May and put into circulation in the fall, the Treasury Department said.

It will be the third in the U.S. currency series containing new security features aimed at thwarting counterfeiters. A redesigned $100 bill was issued in March 1996, and a $50 bill in October 1997. They include an embedded security thread that shows up only under certain light conditions, among other hard-to-duplicate features.

Like the new $50 note, the redesigned $20 bill will include a large, dark numeral on a light background on the back of the note to make it easier to identify for people with poor vision, along with a variety of security features to deter counterfeiters.

Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will unveil the new $20 bill on May 20, the Treasury Department said.

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