A couple of days ago, J. Clifford reviewed the status of the Bitcoin, a coin that is interesting because it has never been a coin at all.
Bitcoin is a token of money against money, but if we turn back to actual, physical cash, there are some interesting alternatives to the plain old piece of paper that have developed in recent years.
Consider, for example, Australian paper money, which isn’t all paper any more. The Australian twenty dollar bill, for example, includes a plastic window (the big white smudge in the corner), which itself contains a watermark. This feature makes the Australian paper currency especially resistant to counterfeit conspiracies, but it also adds a touch of fun distinctiveness.
Some people would like to get rid of physical money altogether. I’m not one of those people, but I do think that American coins and bills could use a bit more pizzazz.
Plastic windows are an idea that’s already taken. What other concepts would you like to see applied in American money.