Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cold cash

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Cold cash or credit card?
How do you like to pay?
Either way is good for ABC Wednesday's C Day.

Our newest form of currency, the plastic 20 shekel banknote, first came out in 2008.
The polypropylene (a polymer substrate) note is printed by Orell Fuessli Security Printing of Zürich.
(They say Israel is the land of milk and honey but Switzerland is the land of milk and money.)
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The face of the bill has the face of Moshe Sharett; a picture of the ceremony of the unfurling of theIsraeli flag at the UN building on May 12, 1949; and the text of the speech given by Sharett on that occasion.
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But most fun is the transparent "see-through" in the shape of a magen David.
Here's lookin' at ya!
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22 comments:

Leo said...

interestign Currency..!

Gramma Ann said...

What an interesting and Clever, Creative C post today.

Reader Wil said...

If money could talk... The banknotes and coins could tell us stories about good investments but also about robbery and other crime.In the end it comes back in a shop or market.

photowannabe said...

Amazing. I didn't know there was a plastic bill before. There is a lot of detailed printing on it too. Can it be folded?
Milk and honey....milk and money. Clever.

ρομπερτ said...

If I had a credit card, guess it would be nearly always to its limit, buying books ;) that's why I usually carry only cash with me.
Interesting indeed the information about the currency. Please have a good and safe Wednesday.

daily athens

Carol said...

Interesting info...I have not seen a 20 shekel banknote. I like to use cash if I have it, if not I don't purchase. (Dina, church spires looking like fighter jets is indeed a contradiction. I hadn't thought of that until you mentioned it. Another person commented that there is a Jewish Synagogue in this chapel building; and religious artifacts were brought there by the Israeli Air Force.)

Cheryl said...

Nice! What a great piece of currency to share with those of us who'll likely never see or hold one.

Roger Owen Green said...

talk about government transprancy!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Pietro said...

Beautiful banknote!
Our euro coins (just the coins) are not handy at all...

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Dylan sang that "money doesn't talk, it swears." Maybe it whispers and corrupts us all. Polemics aside, it usually is pretty paper (or plastic).

VP said...

A very nice note, I still have some notes of the 90's. I still like to pay cash mostly, using credit card in supermarkets or for more pricey stuff.

Mar said...

How interesting to see your currency!! didn't know there was "plastic money", literally!! I pay with credit card, I don't have to count the change...

ABC Wednesday: C

soulbrush said...

how unusual, like it a lot.

Hels said...

I believe Australia invented the plastic paper currency, back in 1966 when we changed from Imperial to Decimal. I am glad to see Israel has finally got on board AND has used some good design work on the notes.

Chuck Pefley said...

Colorful money. Interesting that it's printed in Switzerland rather than in Israel.

Spiderdama said...

I never have papermoney:-)
Wish you a happy evening!

Misfit in Paradise said...

Truly plastic money. Amazing.
Thanks for participating.

Donna - ABC Wednesday

Julie Jordan Scott said...

How fascinating! I really DID learn something new today.

The photo is incredible, too.

WOW! It is only my third week here at Alphabet Wednesday and I certainly feel enriched...

C is for... "Love" left behind?

Kay said...

No kidding? Plastic? Money in the U.S. has been getting a facelift, too. I rather like it. We really need to get rid of the penny and do a dollar coin that people don't mistake for a quarter.

Anna said...

'Cash', 'Credit Card' and 'Currency'! There are several C-words that are about MONEY! I have never heard of plastic bills! Very interesting to see your post about this new currency. (I like your play on words about Switzerland as a Land of milk and money! Even a bit of allitteration there!)
I always enjoy visiting your blog. I learn so much from your posts.

Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's C-word

Sara said...

I like this new money design, complete with a cutout of the magen David.

suzanne said...

LOVE THIS PHOTO OF YOU!!!!!