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The new $5 has splashes of color… pretty colors…

(AP) WASHINGTON - Honest Abe will become Colorful Abe with splashes of purple and gray livening up the $5 bill.

The government showed off the new bill Thursday in an Internet news conference highlighting changes made in the ongoing battle to stay a step ahead of counterfeiters.

“We wanted this redesigned bill to scream, 'I am a five. I am a five,'" Larry Felix, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

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According to the U.S. Secret Service, we lost $62 million last year due to counterfeit bills.

The next makeover will be for the $100 bill.

What do you think? Pretty?

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