Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A Costa Rican banknote for five colones. It shows Rafael Yglesia Castro, president of Costa Rica from 1894 to 1902 and a Guaria Morada orchid, Costa Rica's national flower. The current series of banknotes is being replaced throughout 2010.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A Canadian banknote for five dollars, depicting children playing ice hockey. The verse is from a Roch Carrier short story, and reads: "The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places - the school, the church and the skating rink - but our real life was on the skating rink."

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A colourful five dollar Australian note. In 1965, Australia adopted the name "royal" for its currency, but it was later dropped in favour of the dollar.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies

A note for one Egyptian pound. All Egyptian banknotes are bilingual.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A 100 dirham note from the UAE, showing the World Trade Centre. A falcon watermark is placed on all UAE banknotes to help prevent fraud.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A five rupee note from Pakistan. The port depicted is Gwadar port, which opened in 2008.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A five ringgit note from Malaysia showing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Petronas Twin Towers, and the Multimedia Super Corrido

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A 20 rand note from South Africa. Each in this series of banknotes features a different animal from the "big five".

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A colourful, floral 1000 note from French Polynesia, where the currency is the CPF franc.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A 500 baht note from Thailand. This is roughly equivalent to £10 of British money.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A Surinamese ten dollar note. The dollar replaced the Surinamese guilder in January 2004.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A one lempira note from Honduras. The lempira was introduced in 1931, and is named after a 16th century ruler

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A New Zealand note for five dollars, depicting New Zealand's native hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A Bahamian one dollar note, showing the Royal Bahamas police force band.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


A one dinar note from Libya. The dinar replaced the pound in 1971.

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


Indian 1000 Rupee note bearing the image of the nation's father, Mohandas K. Gandhi in front and a combine harvester, an offshore oil derrick, a satellite, and a steel furnace, with a young girl working at a computer at the back

The World's Most Beautiful Currencies


An Indonesian note for 1000 rupiah. The word rupiah derives from the Indian rupee. This note shows traditional houses in the city of Palembang.
The World's Most Beautiful Currencies

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