“I don’t really like to buy anything that’s less than $10 million,” the collector said. “It just doesn’t elicit the validation I crave.”
The experimental dollar from 1794, featuring Lady Liberty with flowing hair, laid the groundwork for the first silver dollars, coined the same year.
The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a Northern Lights–themed luminescent coin to commemorate the country’s 150th birthday.
A 1903 penny on view at the British Museum features the words “Votes for Women” letter-stamped by a suffragette over the face of the king.
The Grolier Club is exploring the overlooked art of American security engraving, in which the strength of an artwork correlates to the security of the banknote or bond it’s printed on.
J.M.W. Turner, the great English landscape painter who obsessed over light, will be featured on the new £20 banknote in the UK.
The president who signed the Indian Removal Act, which pushed thousands of indigenous people off their land through events like the Trail of Tears, and owned over 100 slaves, will finally get his own removal from his central place on the American $20 bill.
The Bank of England has announced that a visual artist will grace the new £20 bill.
When I was editing our story about Canadians “spocking” their $5 bills, I discovered something curious: you can’t Photoshop money.
Canadians have been mourning the death of Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy by transforming $5 notes into portraits of Spock — or “spocking” them.
In 1991, Alberto Echegaray Guevara was an advisor to the Argentinian economic minister who pegged the country’s currency at a 1:1 rate with the US dollar. Now it seems Echegaray has come full circle. His artistic debut at the arteBA fair last month took on inflation as its subject.
An unprecedented survey of the role of the arts in the larger economy, last week’s breakdown of the GDP contribution of America’s creative industries in 2011 is illuminating and depressing, if not entirely surprising in its conclusions.