In late 2003, the United States government issued a newly redesigned $20 note. It included both new and enhanced designs and added security features. The three most important and easy-to-check security features, first introduced in the 1990s, were retained in the new bills: a watermark, security thread and color-shifting ink.

In an effort to raise awareness of the new color of money and teach students about the nations currency, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing made educational materials available to teachers and classrooms across the country. These materials met or exceeded national educational standards and were available to teachers free of charge online. USA TODAY Education helped promote the new $20 bill and provided 10 lessons on financial literacy.

The program was part of a broader initiative supported by education, civic and volunteer organizations, and included the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation.


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