The grassroots effort to redesign the United States currency


Richard Smith thinks the dollar needs a new look that more accurately reflects the modern face of our country. So he mounts an annual campaign to solicit ideas about how to best design the national currency. His Dollar Redesign Project attracts plenty of ideas, from wacky to sensible, but almost all of the submissions have a common goal: making our money speak more about our culture as it is today. Paper currency in many other countries varies in color and size to help people of all segments of society use it, yet American money has stayed more or less the same size and murky greenish hue for nearly a century. Smith presents us with some of the design ideas that were entered into the competition this year:

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