Friday, March 22, 2013

Egyptian Currency


Growing up in the U.S., I got used to plain green and black colored currency, the same drab palette for every denomination.  The first time I saw brightly-colored foreign currency, it looked like Monopoly money.  I thought it was kinda goofy.  Although foreign currencies may look a little funny, as long as shops in that country take them and give you stuff -- who cares, right? 

While Egyptian money is in a downward spiral against the dollar and the Euro (and every other currency), at least the money itself is still very pretty to look at.

How long will Egyptian currency survive?  
Only the Pharaohs know -- and they aren't talking! 

What do you think about brightly-colored currency? Is it artistic or does it remind you of Monopoly money?



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54 comments:

Kelly Hashway said...

Yes, the money is gorgeous!

Tara Tyler said...

i like it! but i can see the not so serious side of it...
wish everyone could be wiser about money in general...

happy friday!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I actually like it. My daughter and I went to China over the holidays and she just went to Costa Rica with her Spanish teacher. We were just commenting on how their money is prettier than ours.

DL Hammons said...

Honestly....I use my debit card so much now that I hardly ever carry currency! :)

Ella Gray said...

I just love colorful money! While I appreciate the convenience of the Euro when I travel to Europe, it's also kind of a shame that it has replaced all the old money unique to each country. So pretty :)

mshatch said...

I always thought the same thing about 'foreign' money! The US dollar might be (somewhat - for now) stable but it sure isn't as pretty as Egyptian money. I also wonder whether more color in money might make it harder to counterfeit?

Jess said...

I think it's pretty, both the bills and coins. I was always fascinated by the money my dad brought home from business trips, whether it was from overseas or just Canada :)

SA Larsenッ said...

Gosh, the coin details are so intricate. Looks like jewelry.

Regina Gort said...

I like it. I have some old European coins from when my grandfather was stationed during World War II.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I love colorful money. I does make me happy to see it. It also helps me figure out the big bills from the small ones. BTW I want to thank you for having my book in your margin. What a lovely and generous thing to do for authors.

Mark Means said...

Very cool looking currency. I think the U.S. is going a bit in that direction by adding some color to their money, too.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I love pretty money. Although it was a shock to my American system the first time I saw it. I had a hard time not playing with it.

Kate Larkindale said...

The money here in NZ is pretty colorful, but it's even more gaudy in Australia. And the notes are made of plastic, not paper.

Suzanne Furness said...

I think shopping with a different currency is fun! Somehow it doesn't feel like real money and l I find it easier to let go of! But maybe because using it would probably mean I'm on holiday so would be feeling more chilled anyway. That coin is certainly a good looking piece.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I agree. Your money's very pretty. I imagine when it came to first spending it, it might've been a little tough to let go of. I'd be more inclined to frame it.

Have a great weekend, Lexa.

xoRobyn

meradeth said...

So pretty! I've always loved Egypt, so I think it would be awesome to have money with such cool heritage sites printed on them :) American money is so bland. I used to think the bright colors were a bit strange, but after being in Europe for a while I got used to it.

Katelin said...

I love bright colors. Pretty money :) who's to say money has to be dreary and monotone! Happy Friday!
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Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

When I first saw lire (at the time that's what it was) it did indeed look like monopoly money and it was hard to consider that it was real money I was dealing with, especially since we were talking in the thousands instead of just ones, you know? But, with all the counterfeiting, it makes sense.

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Suze said...

I'd love to hear a Pharaoh speak.

L.G. Smith said...

It's beautiful, really, especially that pharaoh coin. I think you should send me some samples right away. :P

Jocelyn Rish said...

I lived in Australia for six months and loved the brightly colored money (plus it made me less likely to make a mistake by grabbing the wrong bill from the wallet), but I think the Egyptian money has it beat - it's sooo pretty!

Cathy Keaton said...

It is really pretty, but reminds me of play money. If it works, then who cares, really!

Al Diaz said...

I think I really like the multicolor bills. And I like that coin too. :)

shelly said...

It does look like play money, but it is beautiful.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Lara said...

I like it when money is colorful--if the different denominations are different colors, it makes it easier to grab the bill I want rather than shuffling through everything...

Printed Portal said...

Really colourful and pretty. Colour coded notes are the way to go:) Plastic £5 notes is the closest we have to monopoly money (and yes, everyone thinks it is fake)

michelle said...

I know exactly what you mean.
Our money also underwent a change not so long ago! It's very colorful and looks like Monopoly money too!

Kirsten said...

When I went to the States a few years ago, I kept getting confused because all the money looked the same at a glance - I guess that's one reason for the UK keeping the pound. ;-)

DMS said...

I live in the US and I am used to the money all looking basically the same. I think money from countries like Egypt is very pretty. I think at first it doesn't look real- but really having different colors and designs probably makes it faster to identify different amounts. :)

Beautiful pictures!
~Jess

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like your currency! Very eye-catching and original.

Medeia Sharif said...

I had no idea Egyptian money looked so pretty.

Patsy said...

I like that different currencies look different. Some even feel different. When I go abroad I like to feel I'm somewhere foreign and not just spend my time buying McDonalds with euros.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I also like the colorful Egyptian currency! It's almost too beautiful to spend!

Julie

Mina Lobo said...

I think I had the same reaction to Portuguese money (before they went with the Euro) as you did with Egyptian money. It seemed a bit weird to me, but I have to say, it had *character*. Miss it, now.

tfwalsh said...

I'm kind of used to the coloured money... we have that in Australia, so to me the US money is actually quite strange... all the same colour and hard to distinguish:) I do love the Egyptian coin with the pharaoh:)

Nas said...

We also have coloured money so US$ does look starnge. And Egyptian $ looks beautiful!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I like it. I have a few Egyptian coins my brother brought back from when he was stationed in Egypt during WWII. Haven't thought of them in a while. Now if I can remember where they are I'll look at them.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Hubby travels a lot, so I have a little connection of colorful money. I like it, but yes, it does always seem like play money to me. I wish we had cash currency that felt different so that blind people could use it more easily.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Sarah Negovetich said...

I love foreign currency. I save coins from other countries I visit.

Nickie said...

My knee-jerk reaction is 'Monopoly money' too. But since they've revamped some of the paper currency (the tens are orange-ish), the Monopoly money look is growing on me. It's all in what you're used to!

Claudine G. said...

I love colourful notes, and especially those with special bird/flower prints. Egyptian currency is pretty!

Cecilia Robert said...

Ooh, pretty! :) love it. I like that different denominations have different colour. Very easy to differenciate especially when paying for something (in a huryy..LOL)

Mina Burrows said...

I agree. Very pretty. :)

Cherie Reich said...

Yes, it does remind me a little bit of Monopoly money, but I wish the money here was prettier. I love how colorful foreign currency is.

Carol Kilgore said...

The first time I ever saw foreign money, I thought 'that's not real'. But I learned quickly that it was just as real as the currency I was more accustomed to. Yours is really pretty!

Jessie Harrell said...

I think it's pretty. Since it's not all one solid color, it doesn't seem like Monopoly money to me.

Elise Fallson said...

Before reading your post, the first thing I thought was "pretty colors and artwork." The Euro is colorful too, but I think it lacks real artwork. Now the old French Francs had great artwork printed on their bills, but compared to your currency, they were less vibrant in color. In any event, it sure beats the drab US currency, as far as aesthetics goes. (:

Beth said...

I love that coin. I kind of want one, but you can't mail coins internationally.

nutschell said...

i grew up in the Philippines where the bills are all different colors :)kinda miss it.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

S.K. Anthony said...

I, on the other hand, thought that US currency was funny looking the first time I saw it. Why must it all be green? LoL That was years ago when I first came here, now the colors on foreign currency do make me want to play Monopoly!

Candilynn Fite said...

Very cool! It does beat our drab colored money here in the states.

Christine Rains said...

I love the brightly colored money! I grew up in Canada and now I live in the US. It's hard to tell the bills apart with a quick glance here.

Pk Hrezo said...

Yep I thought the same thing once I started traveling. I love foreign currency--have quite a nice collection of it too. :D

Denise Covey said...

I just love the colour of money but it's more about the cute designs on credit cards these days. I always keep a jar full of overseas currency. Korea has some regal notes.

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