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US $5 Bill Gets Makeover

The U.S. five-dollar bill is getting a makeover intended to frustrate counterfeiters and help people with poor eyesight.

The redesigned bill has additional watermarks, a larger portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, some new print of very tiny size, and other features that are hard to fake.

It also has a very large numeral "five" printed in the lower right hand corner on the back of the bill in high-contrast ink, to make it easier for visually-impaired people to use the money.

The new bills will be put into circulation on March 13. Older bills are still worth $5 and are still perfectly valid.

Several other denominations have already been updated, and the $100 bill is next on the schedule.

About $770 billion of U.S. currency circulates around the world, more than any other currency.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.