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Got new ugly twenty-dollar bills.

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 6

Just got some twenty-dollar bills from the bank. I looked twice because the bills looked dirty. Not dirty, just the new coloring scheme. Boy, is it ugly.

Just got some twenty-dollar bills from the bank. I looked twice because the bills looked dirty. Not dirty, just the new coloring scheme. Boy, is it ugly.

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You said it brother! (1)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#7419780)

I can't understand why we need to have the ugliest, crappiest looking money in the world. After I came back from Australia last year, I could really tell that we are behind the time where the look of money is concerned. Their bills are awesome. Each denomination is a slightly different lenght based on value. So a $5 is a little shorter (longways) than a $10 and so on... The difference is about a quarter inch (1 cm or so) per bill. The bills are also made out of a plastic/paper hybrid and therefore more durable. And each bill has a clear plastic icon that makes counterfeiting a bit harder. All we got is a dirt and ink smudge on the existing $20 bill. Once again... crapola.

Re:You said it brother! (1)

Cyberdyne (104305) | more than 10 years ago | (#7420132)

I can't understand why we need to have the ugliest, crappiest looking money in the world. After I came back from Australia last year, I could really tell that we are behind the time where the look of money is concerned. Their bills are awesome. Each denomination is a slightly different lenght based on value. So a $5 is a little shorter (longways) than a $10 and so on... The difference is about a quarter inch (1 cm or so) per bill. The bills are also made out of a plastic/paper hybrid and therefore more durable. And each bill has a clear plastic icon that makes counterfeiting a bit harder. All we got is a dirt and ink smudge on the existing $20 bill. Once again... crapola.

US currency is pretty plain, granted, and having different sizes of bill for different values can help, but it could be much worse: you could have crap like the Euro! (Pictures of imaginary buildings - and they managed to 'lose' the master hologram - key to their anti-forgery system - before the notes were released to the public!) It may not look fashionable - but then, it's supposed to be a tool not a decoration. On the important features, it's much better: physically durable, extremely difficult to counterfeit well, and backed by a much more robust and established authority than almost any other currency on earth.

Of course, English and Scottish notes (not all UK currency is printed by the Bank of England) are better decorated and have all the anti-forgery precautions, as well as each denomination being a different size. OTOH, I'm probably biased there ;-)

Re:You said it brother! (1)

(H)elix1 (231155) | more than 10 years ago | (#7422360)

I was fishing through my wallet at lunch today and had Danish kroner, Swiss franks, British pounds, some German 'branded' euro, and a bit of US paper currency. To be honest, I'm glad the US is starting to add a wee bit of colour to the currency - would not mind a bit more differential in the size as well. With everything so close, mix ups (or cons) can happen way to easy.

Wish they would come out with a $2 coin as well. You Brits spoiled me... treating coins as real money. Course with the dollar as weak as it is, turns out to be once I do my expense reports (grin)

not stopping with the paper kind (1)

tenman (247215) | more than 10 years ago | (#7420173)

Yahoo is running this story [yahoo.com] about introducing new coin images. Monetary esthetics has never been much of a concern for me.

You're right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7420611)

They're hideous. If you can't stand having them around (and I don't blame you!) then I'll give you $10 apiece for them. Sorry I can't go higher; they're just too ugly.

Re:You're right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7420681)

I like them; I'll give him $12 apiece.
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