The bureaucratic lethargy and political posturing that plagues
American paper currency redesign shows no signs of changing any time
in the next decade. While other countries are experimenting with new
materials, nontraditional themes, and complex designs, the United
States remains in limbo.
An art project called “American Money Reimagined” by Troy Turner is
on the website of Yanko Design, a firm that describes itself as an
online magazine covering what it calls the best in international
Turner discovered a project by Andrey Avgust, an industrial designer
in Minsk, Belarus. It offers an outsider’s interpretation of what
could be done with American currency without changing most of the main
motifs, just their manner of presentation.
Using the non-numismatic eye of a design critic, Turner says
Avgust’s designs for the notes have greater depth and detail than real
American money. They would be more durable because they are intended
to be made of layers of polymer. Security features would include
unique encrypted QR codes and numbers printed by inks that can be
viewed under UV light.
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All proposed note designs except for the $20 note, which has a face
side featuring John F. Kennedy instead of Andrew Jackson and a back
design showing a lunar astronaut, rely on most of the same basic
characters as notes do at present. To the horror of Hamilton fans
everywhere, Jefferson is switched from the $2 note to the $10
denomination, and no $2 note is included in Avgust’s scheme.
The back designs of the notes are a little freer in their
interpretations, sporting such themes as the Statue of Liberty on the
$5 note and a billowing American flag on the $50 note.
A video showing all notes is found here.
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