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Dollar Redesign Poster by noktulo Dollar Redesign Poster by noktulo
Poster of my redesign proposal.

An explanation of my project:

American banknotes are in dire need of a redesign. Even though the green color of money is deeply interwoven into the nation's culture, the need for color differentiation between denominations has forced the inclusion of color. The recent redesign of banknotes by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is poorly executed and aesthetically lacking. Because the coloring of the current notes is so subtle, it is still hard to differentiate between denominations by that method alone.

My proposed redesign keeps the culturally important green color of money, but introduces a brightly colored holographic strip into each denomination, making them easy to tell apart. This strip includes embossed dots for the sight-impaired as well, making currency far more accessible.

One of the most important things about America is our Bill of Rights. It is possibly the most important information any citizen can have. The design of our money currently contains semi-religious (the eye in the pyramid) and overtly religious (“In God We Trust”;) symbols and text that go against the incredibly important separation of church and state implicate in the first amendment. In my redesign, these are replaced with the text of the Bill of Rights. It has been proposed that these ten amendments are in order of importance, so it is fitting that the most important rights are included on the most common banknotes.

The $1 bill lasts only 21 months before it needs to be replaced. For this reason, I propose that the $1 banknote be eliminated in favor of the current $1 coin and a new $2 coin. For this reason, Washington is depicted on the $5. I also propose the discontinuation of the penny, because it currently costs more to produce one than it is worth. This is precedented by the elimination of the half-penny in 1857, after which the smallest unit of currency, the penny, had more buying power than today's quarter does.

Most of today's security features could easily be incorporated into this design, and the hologram (enhanced with a microprinted guilloché pattern) would be extremely difficult to reproduce.
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PresidentBrandon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your designs, I think 1 and 2 dollar bills would be OK, but these designs are excellent. Nice work!
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fatty119 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i like my $1 bills.....and pennies. But still, very nice designs, really cool!
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base113 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Wow
I've seen a few dollar redesigns on the site, but this is simply astounding.
Your choice of photos and the idea to include an amendment on each bill is awesome. People might be a lot more aware of their rights (and what they actually say) if they were carrying them around in their pockets.
The coolest part of the bill is the amount in the corner. I thought it was interesting even before I realized what it was.
Great work; I'd gladly support these designs.
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postpop Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Wow. I do not know if you're a professional or still a student, but you've shown a whole lot of deep thought in this project, and skill.
Well done, very well done.
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