China Gets Bling New RMB100 Notes

By Ella Wong, November 13, 2015

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Yesterday the People’s Bank of China began issuing brand spanking new RMB100 notes that are harder to counterfeit and easier for machines to read.

The revamped notes don’t differ much from the old 2005 design (our suggestions for a new look 100 yuan were sadly rejected), but are essentially a tuhao upgrade, with the 100 denomination embossed in gold lettering.

The new hundies come with enhanced security features like color-changing ink, an additional serial number, a new security line and unevenly printed patterns of the Great Hall of the People. Here's a handy graphic pointing out the changes via the South China Morning Post:

 New features of China's 100 yuan note

While the old Mao-jamins will remain in circulation, used and broken notes are being collected and pulverized into paper bricks, which are then used to generate electricity.

Pulverized old renminbi notes will be used to generate electricity

For more on China's mint, find out why you get 1 RMB coins in Shanghai but bills in Beijing.

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