I have five 100 US$ notes, 2008 series. Can I change them to UK currency in the UK?

They are in perfect condition.

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    Is there a specific reason you think you won't be able to change them?
    – drat
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 8:02
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    There is a general opinion (and backed in real-life experience) that exchange booths outside the US will not accept older notes (because of fraud/counterfeit notes risk). The OP's question is in my opinion, how old can they be to be safely/easily exchanged. Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 8:43
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    @drat money exchanges in some countries require USD currency notes to be "not older than 20XX". Such exchanges either refuse to exchange the notes or give you a really bad exchange rate e.g. GCC countries.
    – Newton
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 12:48
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    Moo is talking about the UK only. I was clarifying to @drat that in some countries you cannot exchange older notes. For example in Oman you cannot exchange USD older than 2003.
    – Newton
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 14:01
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    There is no 2008 series USD$100 note, so you are either mistaken about what they are or they are fake. Do they say "Series 2008" on them? Or something else?
    – J...
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 15:41

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Yes you can.

Unlike other countries, including the UK, US banknotes are never "withdrawn" and remain legal currency across the world however old they are (but you wouldn't want to spend the older ones as they are worth more than their face value as collectors items).

In the UK you can exchange them at most high street banks (NatWest, HSBC, Lloyds etc), any Post Office with a Foreign Currency desk, many travel agents (Thomas Cook etc), Marks and Spencer stores and high street bureau de change (currency exchange).

You may be charged an exchange fee, and you should shop around for the best rates.

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    – JoErNanO
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 22:40
  • Fwiw, all UK notes also remain legal currency, going back to 1694. They can simply be exchanged for notes in circulation at the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street during normal working hours, or by post.
    – Dannie
    Commented Jan 5, 2018 at 10:14
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    @user6697063 The Bank of England will exchange them for current notes (presuming, of course, that they can verify their authenticity), but this should carefully not to be confused with the concept of "legal tender". High street banks, shops, or any other persons are not required to accept historical or withdrawn notes as payment. Most surviving historical notes, however, would likely command much higher prices as rare antiques and, so, a degree of suspicion as regards their authenticity would be expected should you simply decide to exchange them for current banknotes.
    – J...
    Commented Jan 5, 2018 at 12:01
  • @J...dont confuse the concept of "legal tender" and "legal currency", they are two different things. A note can be one and not the other. :)
    – user29788
    Commented Jan 5, 2018 at 17:33
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    @user6697063 I don't think there's anything wrong with calling it "legal currency" - I don't think it's a proper term or anything, but the idea being that the BoE will still honour the notes is correct. Just wanted to make clear that the BoE honouring them doesn't mean that anyone else needs to.
    – J...
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 19:31

I've just been refused exchange of the new $100 bills at Tui, Post office and other places.

The staff uses following arguments:

  • The amount is too big.

  • It's the most forged note in the world.

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    What is Tui? A place? Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 12:41
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    Tui is one of the biggest travel agent chains in the UK. Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 13:23
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    Not sure why this is downvoted. Do people think it is dishonest? If not, it seems to be a valuable account of someone's actual experience having difficulty changing US $100 notes for reasons other than the age of the note or its design. I've upvoted it.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 14:02
  • Since US dollars are the most forged currency in the world, and $100 notes are too big to resell, it seems the employees are not ignorant at all. Insulting them gets you downvotes.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 15:40
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    @JorenVandamme regarding your proposed edit, please see my previous comment.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 15:46

I have Series 2006A US$100 note. When I asked at a suburban bank branch, probably on a weekend, the employee* trying to make the line move faster told me it could no longer be used. I was surprised and disappointed.

At home, I did a quick web search and found the US Treasury web pages on US$100 bills.


Most importantly, ALL United States money is worth its face value. Period. The bank employee was wrong. It is never withdrawn. Any US$100 bill is worth $100. Details of how to identify a legit bill are there on the web site.

My series 2006A is from the 1996-2013 era. It has all the security feature and recognition marks. I plan to return and school them on the subject if they don't accept the bill.


1) Security thread: A thread embedded in the paper reads "USA 100", to the left of the portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Visible from both sides. Said to glow pink in UV light.

2) A water mark that echos the portrait of Franklin on the far right hand of the bill. Again, hold it up to light, its visible from either side.

3) The "100" printed in the lower right corner on the face side of the bill color shifts from green the black depending on viewing angle. Looks sparklely close-up.

4) The "100" printed on the lower left corner of the face side has "USA 100" micro-printed instead of mere hatching to make it look 'gray'.

5)"UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" are micro-printed on the edge of Franklin's lapel.

6) The printing is 3D- Treasury and Mint seals are embossed and can be recognized from the back of the bill, as are "One Hundred Dollars" and the lower "100" and "100" on the face side.

*The one who politely asks, when a line forms, "What can we do for you today?" ie, 'Can I get you out of this line somehow?', or, 'Is there any chance what you want doesn't require one of the 2 tellers on duty?'

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    This is interesting, but doesn't really answer the question. A forex office in the UK is not bound to accept any currency, regardless of whether it's legal tender or not. Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 11:50
  • a) Piling-on that US currency is always worth face value. b) Providing web address I found and used under smilar conditions
    – Bill IV
    Commented May 1, 2020 at 9:54

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