The United States as well as all other countries that use currency put a very good effort into making physical money look distinctive. Even though money is become more and more electronic as time goes on, plain physical tender is something that won’t ever go away because it’s required in order for a monetary system to work.
My personal favorite as far as US currency is concerned is the 1966 C-Note, as in the 100-dollar bill:
Compare to what we have now:
The old ’66 C-Note to my eyes has a much more distinctive look to it and as far as I’m concerned looks more valuable than the current note.
Something that completely blew me away when I saw it is an artist’s rendition of what future US currency could look like.
The images below are from this gallery where you can see higher-resolution versions.
For the example here I’ve chosen the ten-dollar bill (the gallery contains the 1 and 5-dollar denominations as well).
I’ve seen a few renditions of what US currency could look like in the future, but this one absolutely blows me away for two reasons.
First, this is the only artist’s rendition of US currency I’ve seen where the number denomination is very pronounced but does not look tacky. This is a very distinctive note, decidedly American, very modern/futuristic, very cool all around. I would love to have these in my wallet.
Second, I really like the idea of the back of the note being vertical in nature. Why? Because most of us count notes in the hand with them oriented vertically. The back of the note situated as it is makes it easier to handle for everyone.
What do you think? Would US cash look better this way?
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