The bill was supposed to be in banks in 2011. But three years ago the Federal Reserve announced that a problem with the currency’s new security measures was causing the bills to crease during printing, which left blank spaces on the bills, according to CNN Money.
The bill’s belated debut has nothing to do with the government shutdown, since the Fed’s budget is not included in the current congressional appropriations stalemate.
Interestingly, the $100 bill is actually the second most common bill in circulation, behind only the $1 bill. It’s actually slightly more common than the $20 bill.