So if our paper currency (or really our currency in general...remember Sacagawea?) couldn't get any more ridiculous looking already, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is introducing a new $5 bill. Of course, we all know that new bill designs are issued every so often in order to combat counterfeiting, but honestly...that "5" on the bottom right hand corner of the flip-side of the new $5 bill is GINORMOUS. Oh, and notice how the Associated Press just points out all the new features of this colorful currency--right there for everyone to see--including counterfeiters:
To the naked eye, the most notable difference is color -- splashes of light purple at the center of the bill that blend into gray near the edges.
Small yellow "05" numerals are printed to the left of Lincoln on the front and to the right of the memorial on the back. The Great Seal of the United States, which features an eagle and shield, will appear in purple to the right of the president's portrait. Arcs of purple stars border Lincoln and the seal.
The note also will feature an enlarged "5" printed in high-contrast purple ink in the lower right corner of the back of the bill. It also will have two separate watermarks and a number of other high-tech changes to make it harder for counterfeiters to knock off.
Oh, ok...'my bad. The high-techness of it all will do the trick, I guess.
I still can't get over that ridiculously large purple "5", though...
Cross-posted on The Celebrity.