xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jun 17 01:17 AM
June 17, 2008: Pretty Money
Let's face it, as popular and sought after as it is, the U.S. Dollar isn't very pretty. As a matter of fact, it's an embarrassment.
Sundae Tuesday Jun 17 05:01 AM
Wow - very old pound note on there. I'd forgotten they were green.
spudcon Tuesday Jun 17 06:15 AM
Yeah, we should take a clue from all those others in your rogue's gallery. Put a crown on Lincoln, an organ grinder's monkey hat on Washington, and tie-dye the bills with day-glo colors.
Kagen4o4 Tuesday Jun 17 07:14 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA $1 NOTE FROM AUSTRALIA!! havent seen one of those in many many years. our money is much prettier now.
spudcon Tuesday Jun 17 07:36 AM
Proposed pretty money for U.S.
glatt Tuesday Jun 17 08:23 AM
I've got one of those NZ Sir Edmund Hillary $5 notes. I was just looking at it a month or so ago and thinking how much our money sucks in comparison.
Imigo Jones Tuesday Jun 17 09:00 AM
"Rogues gallery" indeed, spudcon. I suspect a sizable percentage of the bill honorees have had statues to themselves toppled since they had the bills printed up.
This spring I was at a hardware store / gift shop in Lindsborg, Kansas,
"Little Sweden, U.S.A.,"
a cute and perhaps surprisingly popular tourist destination, but 20 miles south of I-70 and just off I-135 (Salina-Wichita).
Anywho, under the glass on the countertop at the cash register was a similar gallery from around the world. It had even more bills, which were not so neatly lined up. Many of them were very old, but many other designs were very nonstandard, like the Cook Islands hula dancer riding the hammerhead shark. "Wow, you get people from _____ in here?!" I enjoyed looking at them and talking with the owner for like 5 minutes. "You ever get that hula dancer from the Cook Islands in here?"
glatt Tuesday Jun 17 09:20 AM
I read a few weeks ago that a federal appeals court ruled that the US bills discriminate against blind people because you can't tell them apart by feel. Many other countries have bills of different sizes to denote different values. In the US, blind people have to rely on others to help them prepare their money in special ways so they can keep track of the various denominations.
rasafrasit Tuesday Jun 17 10:04 AM
Cloud Tuesday Jun 17 10:16 AM
all money is pretty if it's yours.
OB Tuesday Jun 17 10:47 AM
I say we switch to the original Zelda's rupees - not in dollar form, just the little crystals you can get from whacking bushes and monsters. Then all other countries will be embarrassed they didn't think of it first!
wolf Tuesday Jun 17 10:48 AM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jun 17 10:49 AM
Welcome to the Cellar, rasafrasit.
classicman Tuesday Jun 17 11:44 AM
If he/she is givin it away - I'll be glad to help out.
spudcon Tuesday Jun 17 03:02 PM
Here's some money that's no longer worth anything.
dar512 Tuesday Jun 17 03:29 PM
I don't see the US switching, but not for Wolf's reason. Paper money is already becoming less and less common. I hardly carry any real cash on me anymore - especially since fast food places started accepting cards.
glatt Tuesday Jun 17 03:41 PM
That may be true, but Federal appeals courts have a lot of weight to throw around. There are something like 60 days left to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, but odds are the Supes won't hear it, and after that, the Dept of Engraving and Printing will have to make some changes.
Sundae Tuesday Jun 17 03:56 PM
I deal exclusively in cash, and most of my customers in the pub do too, even though we accept cards.
birdclaw Tuesday Jun 17 03:59 PM
Do you think the "pretty" colors help stop counterfeiters? Seems like some of those would be pretty hard to duplicate.
monster Tuesday Jun 17 04:55 PM
The UK notes have a whole host of countercounterfitting gadgets. Metal strips, watermarks, microprinting, special paper (not as cottony as US bills), holograms.... see here for a full list for each note:
Leah Wednesday Jun 18 12:16 AM
Well actually, our Australian money is not paper it's plastic, much easier and so much better, and they last so much longer. I don't know how many notes I lost many many years ago in the wash, at least with plastic notes the washing machine just gives it a good old cleaning and gets rid of all those horrible nasty germs that money tends to collect. I think from memory New Zealand and Australia were the first countries to have plastic money.
monster Wednesday Jun 18 12:24 AM
here it would just get rid of all the cocaine molecules. Wonder if you could reclaim them? maybe gray water would become a valuable commodity?
Aliantha Wednesday Jun 18 02:40 AM
A lot of them still just take coins though, but since our coins go all the way up to $2, usually anything you want from a vending machine is managed with that.
SPUCK Wednesday Jun 18 05:22 AM
nil_orally Wednesday Jun 18 09:30 AM
Ha! I found a couple of $1 & $2 dollar Aussie bills the other week. I showed the 12 year old twins and their thirteen year old brother. They had no idea we ever had them in use. Their first question: didn't I have a trouble fitting them into the vending machines?