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Benjamin Bling

By: Steven Heller | April 28, 2010

About the recent redesign of U.S. greenbacks, the Department of the Treasury states on its website: “To protect your hard-earned money, the U.S. government expects to redesign its currency every seven to 10 years” in large part to thwart high-tech counterfeiting. The most noticeable difference in the new designs is the introduction of subtle background colors, like those used on current passports, “which makes it more burdensome for potential counterfeiters because it adds complexity to the note. The addition of color also makes it easier to distinguish between denominations because different background colors are used for each denomination.” The $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes have been introduced (only the beleaguered buck has been virtually untouched), and last week the new Benjamin took center stage to mixed reviews. And by the way, do you know who is on the $1000 bill?

Makes one wonder, who designs our currency? Are they anonymous for obvious reasons? And do they get samples for their portfolios?