The Moon on banknotes

10-franken-moon_198x198We have been pondering about, whether a banknote does exist with a depiction of the Moon. Thanks to Google, we found something and discovered a variety of examples from different countries – with popular and less well known currencies. On the left you can see a detail of a Swiss 10 francs note, which depicts our solar system with several planets, amongst them also our Earth and its Moon.

A nice example is the 200 shekels note from Israel. Surrounded by radiant blue, you can see the full moon on the reverse shining through the branches of a tree, which lends this motif a magic touch – a »moonlight banknote«, so to speak.

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On the 20000 pesos note from Colombia, the Moon is pictured as a celestial body with the lunar maria, next to an image of the Colombian astronomer Julio Garavito Armero, after whom a Moon crater was named. The Garavito crater is shown on the rear of the note, along with a view of the Earth.

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The Swedish 1000 kroner banknote is interesting, because the Moon, in this case a half moon, has been worked directly into the image of the sun and is only visible under ultraviolet light.  It serves as a safety feature and helps to recognize counterfeit money. This is a beautiful metaphor, because the Moon is only visible to us in the sky due to the sunlight.

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The Russian artist and designer Vladislav Novikov-Barkovsky created bank notes for a fictitious »Moon Republic«. According to his idea, the currency would be called »lunar« and all notes, logically, have a direct relation to the Moon. On the 3 lunar note you can see an antique depiction of a star gazing scene with a crescent moon in the sky.

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Valuable, valuable the Moon seems to be, and fascinating enough, time and time again, to gain entry into our everyday world. You simply have to search for and discover it.

P.S.: If you should know further examples of banknotes with the Moon as a motif, please drop us a line in the comment section! We are looking forward to a journey around the world.

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