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Unlike other countries, including the UK, US banknotes are never "withdrawn" and remain legal currency across the world however old they are (but you wouldn't want to spend the older ones as they are worth more than their face value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 It is never withdrawn.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