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    • CommentAuthoradmin
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2008
     
    I know this isn't _quite on topic, but having looked at the new twenty pound note (with Adam Smith), I was struck by the similarity to the euro note. Deliberate, or chance?

    A link to a picture of the note: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:20_pound_not_2007.PNG

    Please note, this is not to be cynical, but could be a valid discussion about the roles of currency in national imagery.
    • CommentAuthoradmin
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2008
     
    collissimon,

    Interesting article on the BBC site too (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6444003.stm).

    I have had some and I had a conversation with a pub landlord about them. We agreed that for a British banknote they are very bright, colourful, shiny and they don't look real. The landlord was a little surprised that he hadn't been warned about the release in advance, as he is likely to see a lot. The BBC article discusses some of the security features, which are probably why they look a little like Euro notes. Neither I, nor the English landlord, were upset having having an English composer replaced by the first Scotsman to appear on a Bank of England banknote. Clearly at present the pound is still part of the British identity to many people, though I don't think that it is more a part of national identity than the Mark was to German identity, for example.
    • CommentAuthoradmin
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2008
     
    The new note is uncannily similar to the 20 Euro note. I feel a panic attack coming on and had better lie down..

    Also, anyone notice the similarities between the 2 pound coin, the newer 10 frank coin, and the one-euro coin?