There have been numerous redesign proposals, serious or not, that are infinitely more interesting than the current incarnations. I’m particularly fond of anything that celebrates cultural heroes, but even kidscribble is more aesthetically pleasing sometimes.
I hope this doesn’t come off as trite. It’s been on my mind since I received $3.00 in change for what should have been $0.75. It’s because of these new Franklin Pierce dollar coins:
One is approximately the same size and weight as a quarter. And with its sheen, it’s difficult to tell whether it is silver or gold.
So here are a list of my demands:
- one-dollar coins and no one-dollar bills
- that coins and bills be of varying sizes (to eliminate confusion once and for all)
- that bills be in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 (why is there a $2 bill?)
- that bills reflect the United States—from Mark Twain to Muhammad Ali, not just a bunch of rich white men from the Georgian to Victorian eras
- that the nonsense about trusting god be stripped from the currency forever (it adds clutter)
Look how excited the treasury are in this video of the new $100 bill unveiling. It’s a step in the right direction, but still inconsiderate to the 2.6% of the world who are blind. And, honestly, inconsiderate to the whatever% of the world who are graphic designers.