New Money

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It's too easy being green. So starting Thursday, the U.S. government is releasing a newly redesigned $20 bill with touches of peach, blue and yellow. It's the first note to be colorized in a project to thwart counterfeiters.

The chief of currency production at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing says the changes will be subtle. The new colors will be in the background of the bill, along with the traditional green and black colors.

The government is also launching a huge public education program to get the word out about updated security features in the new 2004 currency. A "New Color of Money" billboard debuts in New York's Times Square. And the government is handing out training materials to businesses where employees handle cash.