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Art on money

By snurfson / Posted on 19 May 2011

Everyone carries around art in their wallet but most people don’t really realize it. Most folks don’t pay much attention to the artistic aspects of paper money. But it is true to say that almost each culture’s heritage in every nation is simply and beautifully reflected in small banknotes and even smaller coins.

Colorful illustrations and inspired page layout make the art on these banknotes truly uncommon and enjoyable. It is global and diverse. That is why it is quite unique. The visual message mixes up social commentary, political opinions, technological accomplishments, stale cliches, straightforward history, humor, national heritage, the natural habitat and many other aspects of each culture.

It has captivated my interest and surely you won’t be disappointed either. Here are some examples…

Cook Islands 20 Dollars

Cyprus 10 Pounds

Kenyan 50 Shilling

New Zealand Dollar

Greek Drachma

Japanese 50 Yen

Japanese 5 Yen

Surinamese Dollar

French West-African Franc

French Indochinese Piastre

Cook Islands 10 Dollars

Indonesian Rupiah

For some further introductory reading check out The Art of Money: The History and Design of Paper Currency from Around the World.





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  1. Mahmud Hadji'dinijad says,

    Is nice, inni’!


    on 25 May 2011 / 6:18 AM


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