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One Hundred Dollar Designs

1862-2010
The Changing Look of America’s $100 Notes

The First $100 Federal Reserve Note
Left, top: Design Source for Portrait, Modeler Unknown, ca. 1909; Right, top to bottom: $100 Federal Reserve Note, Series 1914, face; $100 Federal Reserve Note, Series 1914, back; Partially Finished $100 Federal Reserve Note, Never Issued, 1923, face
Left, top: Design Source for Portrait, Modeler Unknown, ca. 1909; Right, top to bottom: $100 Federal Reserve Note, Series 1914, face; $100 Federal Reserve Note, Series 1914, back; Partially Finished $100 Federal Reserve Note, Never Issued, 1923, face

The first $100 Federal Reserve Note, Series 1914, featured a profile portrait of Benjamin Franklin, engraved in 1909 from a retouched photograph of a sculpture.  The back featured an allegorical image entitled, “Labor, Plenty, America, Peace, and Commerce,” engraved in 1913. 

 

The same Franklin portrait was to be used for Series 1923 $100 notes.  However, the design was never finished, because the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began moving toward designing, printing, and issuing the small-sized currency that we use today.