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Every single kind of currency is so much more than its value and the things that it can buy. Each piece is a representation of the nation that it comes from, and shows the heritage that makes its people proud to be called its own.

Currencies also show how rich the culture of each nation is. With prominent people displayed on its face, it gives people a gist of what the country have been through and who played the biggest roles in helping it survive to this day. It can also showcase points of interest throughout history, giving you a peek at some of the most important moments in building the nation that you are part of today.

Each aspect of every piece of currency is meticulously planned, with everyone involved in the process knowing just how crucial their role is in sending miniature representations of an entire nation out into the world. Each piece of detail is carefully designed, knowing that the slightest inaccuracy can affect an entire economy and the millions of people it covers. To some, each currency may just be a few pieces of metal and paper. But to a nation, it is what they stand for as people.

But what happens when a nation goes through change? Do these currencies remain to be accurate, or do they become part of the history that they are believed to represent, old and outdated?

Different nations have gone through currency redesigns as they cope through different changes. This could be a result of changing regimes, or of new principles and beliefs. Regardless of what triggers the change, all this only means one thing: redesigning an entire set of currencies also spell a change in an entire nation.

Some of these currency redesigns are purely conceptual, with no chance of ever becoming reality. However, that does not mean that these are pointless. These creations come from nations that these currencies represent, and these concepts symbolize what a regular citizen thinks of his own country. These are perfect examples of people’s diverse beliefs despite the fact that they were molded under a single flag, and a perfect avenue of showing freedom of opinion as they share their thoughts about their own culture, history, and ideals. To others, these may just have been done on a whim or as a passing fancy. But for the people who made them, this is a way for them to exercise their rights as free thinkers capable of governing their own nation.

Egyptian Currency Redesign by Najd Aljarbou

Egyptian Currency Redesign by Najd Aljarbou

Futuristic Redesign of Bulgarian Currency by Metodi Zheynov

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Indian Currency Redesign-Concept by Rahul Sudha

Indian Currency Redesign-Concept by Rahul Sudha

United States Currency by Alex Ramsey

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Polish Banknotes Redesign by Gracjan Zlotucha

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United States Currency Redesign by Ben Jackson

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Currency Redesign by Michael Tyznik

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2014 USD Proposal by Travis Purrington

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Currency Redesign by Matt Young

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos or writing travel articles for Nipananlifestyle.com. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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