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Currency Exchange

Michael Bierut analyzes the world’s best and worst banknote designs

United States / 1 Dollar, 1923

The dollar bill evolved over the next 60 years. By 1923, its front looked pretty much as it does today. The complex filigree was intended to confer value onto printed paper while discouraging counterfeiters. The reverse of the bill, however, was relatively simple, the denomination centered in a complex frame.

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