Thursday, August 31, 2017

What if companies printed their own currencies?


(CNN)- Banknotes aren't really as distinctive or alluring as they once were.

Blame it on the advent of plasticization, single currencies or the rise of digital money. But many paper currencies remain deeply idiosyncratic, patriotic displays of the wealth and culture of a nation, adorned with great faces and timeless moments.

But what if banknotes came not just from countries, but companies as well?

Many brands and corporations have greater GDPs, more assets and a higher headcount than some small countries -- so perhaps it makes sense for them to print their own money.

Graphic and motion designer Jade Dalloul has gone one step further, by imagining what these company-currencies might look like.

In a new set of illustrations entitled "Brand Currency," the French designer conjures up a future where the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have become the new Darwins and Franklins.

"Banknote aesthetics are really linked to the richness of culture, history and personalities of their countries," he said in an e-mail interview.


Front: Starbucks boss Kevin Johnson is one of the most powerful figures in the industry.
Back: This quote from Johnson's predecessor Howard Schultz sums up the Starbucks ethos.


Front: Beyond just the faces of CEOs, Dalloul uses the insignia and icons of mega-companies to show their omnipresence in our lives. Here, the late McDonald's boss Ray Kroc is given the Dalloul treatment.
Back: The iconic Big Mac -- a symbol of American capitalism -- is shown here.


Front: Bill Gates is another of Dalloul's portraits.
Back: Gates' immediately recognizable Windows logo.


Front: Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is shown next to one of the many petrol stations he controls.
Back: "Banknote aesthetics are really linked to the richness of culture, history and personalities of their countries," said Dalloul.


Front: French artist Jade Dalloul imagines a future in which companies and corporations have become so influential that they have started issuing their own currencies, as seen with this note featuring late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Back: Dalloul takes quotes from company mission statements and repurposes them as if tey were the mottos of nations.


Front: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg might have political ambitions, and Dalloul is interested in summoning up a world in which he is even more powerful.
Back: In this image Dalloul looks into the questions around Facebook's surveillance and intrusion issues by placing this Zuckerberg quote on one of his notes.


Front: Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin star on the 500 note.


Below, Dalloul discusses currency, capitalism and cash.

CNN: Jade, how did the idea come about?

Jade Dalloul: Seeing countries electing CEOs for presidents, and countries behaving like companies was the genesis.

CNN: How important is aesthetic in designing a banknote -- what is this visual language telling us?

JD: Banknote aesthetics are really linked to the richness of culture, history and personalities of their countries. On top of that, you have the anti-counterfeiting elements that take (up) a lot of space.

CNN: What do banknotes tell us about the countries they come from?

JD: A banknote is a unique object where all the values of a country is summarized. With this starting point, doing a branded banknote is about being coherent with all the values of a brand as if it were a country. Using mission statements as if they were a state or motto.

CNN: As a European, what do you read into the imagery on a Euro note?

JD: The Euro note is a great example of embracing imagery to suit all the countries that will use it. Using bridges instead of personalities is a remarkable way to avoid conflicts between different cultures while at the same time symbolizing unification.

CNN: And how does it differ to the old French franc?

JD: The old French franc follows the traditional pattern of a national currency: using history, personalities.

CNN: This project is all about brands -- what role do you think brands play in modern society? Are they growing in importance?

JD: I'm a daily customer and a user of services and products like Facebook, Gmail and Apple, so I started asking myself if I could stand a single day without using any of these brands. It's getting more difficult day after day.

CNN: What do you think about this modern generation of superstar CEOs?

JD: In a way they give hope to younger generations -- they show that it's possible to achieve a lot being young.

CNN: Which company or personality intrigues you the most?

JD: Answering the previous question, I had in mind Elon Musk. He has had a great career path, from Paypal to Space X through Hyperloop... and he's still only 46.

CNN: Are there any that you find particularly worrying?

JD: I'm both fascinated and worried about Google, because they manage almost every step of Internet services. But the most surprising fact is that they started only 19 years ago.

CNN: Who do you think we'll see on the banknotes of the future?

JD: I think the future of banknotes will (see) more and more anti-counterfeiting features like the transparent part on the new British five pound note. I wouldn't be surprised to see some influential young entrepreneurs becoming part of history of their countries.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


Courtesy Clive Martin, CNN
Updated 10:55 PM ET, Wed August 30, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

India issues a new 200 Rupee note


The Reserve Bank of India announced that a new 200 Rupee denomination will enter the banking system beginning August 25, 2017.



* On the front, the new ₹ 200 note will have a see through register with denominational numeral 200. A latent image with denominational numeral 200 and a Rs 200 in Devanagari. The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi will be at the centre

* Micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘भारत’, ‘India’ and ‘200’

* Windowed security thread with inscriptions ‘भारत’ and RBI with colour shift. The colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted

* The Guarantee Clause, the RBI Governor’s signature along with the Promise Clause and the RBI emblem towards the right of Mahatma Gandhi portrait

* Denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, ₹ 200 in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right

* The Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right and the Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (200) watermarks

* Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side


On the reverse, the new ₹200 note will have:

* Year of printing of the note on the left. It will also have the Swachh Bharat logo along with the slogan
* The language panel
* Motif of the Sanchi Stupa
* Denominational numeral २०० in Devnagari

Friday, August 18, 2017

India to introduce new 50 Rupee note


The Reserve Bank of India will soon issue a new 50 Rupee note in the new Mahatma Gandhi Series. The new denomination has motif of Hampi with chariot on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage. The base color of the note is fluorescent blue. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall color scheme, both at the obverse and reverse. The dimension of the note will be 66 mm x 135 mm.



Nepal issued a new 5 Rupees banknote


The Nepal National Bank issued a new 5 Rupees banknote on August 15, 2017. The front shows Mount Everest and the Kasthamandap Temple which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. The back shows a yak in front of a mountain.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Uzbekistan plans to issue a new 50,000 Sum banknote


The Central Bank of Uzbekistan plans to issue a new 50,000 Sum banknote on August 22, 2017. Currently, the highest denomination is 10,000 Sum, which was released on March 10, 2017.



Front: The top of the Ezgulik Arch on Independence Square in Tashkent

Back: Palace of International Forums in Tashkent

Vanuatu issued a new 5000 Vatu polymer banknote


The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu issued a new 5000 Vatu polymer banknote on July 28, 2017. This will be followed by a 500 Vatu polymer note to be issued by the end of this year. The latter will be the last denomination of the polymer series which started with a 10000 Vatu note in 2010 and followed by 200, 1000 and 2000 Vatu notes in 2014.



Front: Conch shell; waterway; Melanesian chief standing holding a spear; map of Vanuatu islands

Back: Map of Vanuatu islands; fish; children and boat; conch shell



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kazakhstan issued a new 500 Tenge banknote


The National Bank of Kazakhstan has issued a new 500 Tenge banknote. The new note is similar to previous issue except with a few minor changes. A small bank's logo is added before the bank's name in the front; the bank's name and signature have been removed and replaced by the date 2006. The note is dated 2006 even thought it's actually issued in 2017.


Left: The front of previous issue; Right: The front of the new note



Left: The back of previous issue; Right: The back of the new note

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Poland unveils a new 20 Zlotych banknote commemorating the 300th anniversary of the coronation of the Image of Our Lady of Częstochowa


Narodowy Bank Polski is putting into circulation a 20 Zlotych banknote on August 21, 2017 to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Image of Our Lady of Częstochowa.

The dimensions of the note are 150 mm x 77 mm. Up to 55,000 pieces will be issued and sell to collectors at a premium.



Swaziland issues a new green 10 Emalangeni banknote


The Central bank of Swaziland began issuing a green 10 Emalangeni banknote on July 24, 2017 to reduce confusion between the current blue 10 Emalangeni note and South Africa's blue 100 Rand note which also circulates in Swaziland.

Other than the color change and addition of the text VISION 2022 (a reference to social programs designed to transform Swaziland into a First World nation by that year) on the front right edge and on the back left edge, the note is identical in design to the previous issues.


Because the current 200 Emalangeni note is also green, that denomination will be redesigned to avoid confusion with this new note. The 100 Emalangeni is also expected to be redesigned for unspecified reasons. These larger denominations are scheduled for introduction on January 1, 2018.