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March 11th, 2008

Money is Green

Philippine BillsI came from the Philippines where the bills have different colors for different denominations: P5 is green, P10brown, P20 is orange, etc. Then I got acquainted with Japanese Yen, which also follows different colors and sizes for different denominations. Y1000 is blue, Y5000 is purplish and Y10000 is tan.

Then the US bills. I find the the US bills are the least colorful currencies. The spectrum of colors is so limited – green or black on white background on ALL the denominations. From 2003, new redesigned bills were introduced, the first significant design change in 67 years. These bills features new and subtle background colors, but they still look too green and too alike!

I have once mistaken a $10 to $1. I can’t blame the money for that. I can only blame myself for not paying attention. The bills just look the same to me. If I have given the $10 bill to a cashier, I would have gotten some change, but I gave the $10 bill as a tip for a service rendered that cost less than $10. And you don’t get change from tips.US Currency

Of course, there is reason for US money to be green. The ink used is green. Making bills out of this special green ink makes the bills difficult to counterfeat. The introduction of new redesigned bills with the new and subtle background colors is an attempt to stay ahead of currency counterfeiters.

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19 Comments to 'Money is Green'

  • March 11, 2008

    Cool post! Informative! I like the colorful bills better … so much prettier as they are flying out of my wallet! 😉

  • March 11, 2008

    And we all love money!!! Them there USA greenbacks are a necessity whether we think so or not!

    If you haven’t dropped by to see my green, be prepared to sing along with Kermit the Frog!!! Hope to see you there.

  • March 11, 2008

    You bring up a point I’ve never really thought about. I’ve seen currency from other countries. Not personally, but in movies and such. I’ve seen the different colors. Hmm.. Makes me wonder why ours is all green, other than the attempt to stem counterfeiting.

  • March 11, 2008

    I agree our money is not very pretty 😉 Hmmmm, wish I had more of it… maybe I’d change my mind hehe

  • March 11, 2008

    I noticed the other day that the bills are kind of boring, even with the addition of different ink hues. However, I’d be delighted to have a pot full, no matter the color!

  • March 11, 2008

    What a great post for the green theme!

  • March 11, 2008

    Now that is my kinda green 😉 Happy Hot day :)

  • March 11, 2008

    I know American money is pretty dull compared to other countries currency, but I think it’s mostly due now to everyone being used to the color and changing it now wouldn’t be a favorite among many. Good post for this weeks meme.

  • March 11, 2008

    Money for green theme – why didn’t I think of that. Everyone loves money. Nice choice for Heads or Tails.

    Thank you for visiting me and leaving a comment.

  • March 12, 2008

    I didn’t know that about US money – well I hope they appreciated the tip. Great idea for H o T.

    thanks for visiting me and your kind comments
    My Little Drummer boys

  • March 12, 2008

    Wow.. you can’t go wrong with ” green ” money…..thanks for sharing and visiting my place today…

  • March 12, 2008

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours was a great post for green!

  • March 12, 2008

    Now, that is a great take on the theme!

    Thanks for the visit!

  • March 12, 2008

    Hmn..green bucks!

    I should have thought of that!

  • March 12, 2008

    Nice post about green.

    My “green” is up too ::here::

    Enjoy your day!

  • March 12, 2008

    Regardless of how plain our greenbacks are, I wish I had more of them (smile).

  • March 12, 2008

    Thanks for coming by my blog! Nice to meet you!

    I’ve always loved collecting money from other places. Maybe its because ours is so boring to look at!

  • March 12, 2008

    What a great idea for this week! I learned something new! Thanks for stopping by my site. Have a great week!

  • March 16, 2008

    Green bucks … the more the better. Right? :)

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