Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ugly Money



Only slightly related to the last post (moving from the ugly worship of money to the actual ugliness of money), I highlight what I believe to be the best looking US currency ever circulated. Not that the bar has ever been high or anything (like the whole color spectrum need not have existed). I'm still of the opinion that the US has consistently had the ugliest money in the world. You can review all the historical paper notes circulated since the time of the colonies [here]. If you think there is a better looking note in that archive, I'm willing to debate the matter.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Growing up, we had a family friend who traveled all over the world. Her office at home had a world map the size of a sheet of plywood with pins stuck in every place she had visited. She would bring me coins and currency from whatever country she had just been to.
I think the nicest currency was from Sri Lanka.
OSF

8:35 PM  
Blogger My Reflecting Pool said...

by the time everyone has added their 2 cents and approval takes place, you can see what the outcome is. Bland, boring and passable.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I think you like that note because it has bare boobies on it.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Cheesy said...

Well I for one would NOT kick this one out of my bed... fugly or not!

http://www.frbsf.org/currency/world/nocirc/m2.html

7:52 AM  
Blogger meno said...

I have the sudden urge for some lime jello.

8:02 AM  
Blogger TTQ said...

I thought all currency was small and plastic and usually says Visa, Mastercard or American Express. What do I know?

10:00 AM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

Our money is the only money that looks like money.

11:21 AM  
Blogger General Catz said...

I love those old notes. The fractional currency, Westward expansion (a $5,000 note? in today's money it would be worth a bajillion dollars!). Gold certificates were very colorful, as were military payments. Actually a lot of the older money is quite artistic and full of color. And the private issues (Delmonico's restaurant?) are amusing as hell.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Stucco said...

O- Now I have to look up Sri Lankan money. If it looks like it was done by Bob Ross, I'm going to taunt you.

My Reflecting Pool- (what's the preferred short form of that? MRP? Wanda?) That's what so great about porn. Even porn by committee is still pretty good, and nothing else can make that claim.

Jill- You've obviously got a pretty good idea about me.

Cheesy- I'd be inclined to abuse that bill, solely for the president shown. It reminds me of the Simpsons episode about Homer giving Castro a Trillion Dollar Bill or similar.

meno- I was thinking of Mojitos, but to each their own.

TTQ- I don't like using plastic. I don't like the way they can track and profile everything. Especially with the things I buy....

Scott- No idea what you're talking 'bout. If it can be traded for goods or services, it looks like money to me.

Generalissimo- I wonder if the restaraunt minting money was the first attempt at gift certificates?

11:11 AM  

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