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25 Beautiful Banknotes That Make The U.S. Dollar Look Like Trash

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1. Argentina

In 2016, Argentina introduced a 500-peso banknote for the first time; it features illustrations of jaguars, and earned the country a nomination for "Bank Note of the Year" from the International Bank Note Society (it's a whole thing).
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In 2016, Argentina introduced a 500-peso banknote for the first time; it features illustrations of jaguars, and earned the country a nomination for "Bank Note of the Year" from the International Bank Note Society (it's a whole thing).

2. Australia

There was an uproar in 1963 when Australian Treasurer Harold Holt announced that, after ditching the pound, Australia's new currency would be called the "royal." People despised the idea, claiming it reflected Prime Minister Robert Menzies' antiquated "royalist sympathies." Things got so out of hand that Holt's wife even received death threats. Other names like "kwid" and "emu" were suggested, but eventually, the dollar came out on top.
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There was an uproar in 1963 when Australian Treasurer Harold Holt announced that, after ditching the pound, Australia's new currency would be called the "royal." People despised the idea, claiming it reflected Prime Minister Robert Menzies' antiquated "royalist sympathies." Things got so out of hand that Holt's wife even received death threats. Other names like "kwid" and "emu" were suggested, but eventually, the dollar came out on top.

3. Bahamas

The front of the Bahamian $3 banknote shows a young Queen Elizabeth II, while the back (above) depicts a Family Island Regatta with classic Bahamian sailboats. Like the U.S., Bahamian dollars are all printed in the same size.
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The front of the Bahamian $3 banknote shows a young Queen Elizabeth II, while the back (above) depicts a Family Island Regatta with classic Bahamian sailboats. Like the U.S., Bahamian dollars are all printed in the same size.

4. Bermuda

In 2013, Bermuda phased out its old horizontal dollars for ones printed vertically with colorful maritime scenes.
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In 2013, Bermuda phased out its old horizontal dollars for ones printed vertically with colorful maritime scenes.

5. Bhutan

Bhutanese ngultrum sports whimsical designs, like the Nu.1 banknote (above) that features a government crest flanked by two dragons.
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Bhutanese ngultrum sports whimsical designs, like the Nu.1 banknote (above) that features a government crest flanked by two dragons.

6. Brazil

Brazilian real comes in different colors, including the blue R$100 banknote above, which depicts underwater plants, starfish, coral, and the head of República, a national symbol of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
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Brazilian real comes in different colors, including the blue R$100 banknote above, which depicts underwater plants, starfish, coral, and the head of República, a national symbol of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

7. Canada

Along with a scene of children playing hockey, Canada's $5 bill has an excerpt from beloved French-Canadian writer Roch Carrier's classic children's book The Hockey Sweater, which reads: "The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places — the school, the church, and the skating rink — but our life was on the skating rink."
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Along with a scene of children playing hockey, Canada's $5 bill has an excerpt from beloved French-Canadian writer Roch Carrier's classic children's book The Hockey Sweater, which reads: "The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places — the school, the church, and the skating rink — but our life was on the skating rink."

8. Costa Rica

A bull shark, starfish, and other sea life are featured on the back of Costa Rica's 2,000 colones banknote. The currency is named "colón" for Christopher Columbus, or "Cristóbal Colón" in Spanish.
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A bull shark, starfish, and other sea life are featured on the back of Costa Rica's 2,000 colones banknote. The currency is named "colón" for Christopher Columbus, or "Cristóbal Colón" in Spanish.

9. Egypt

The one-pound coin in Egypt (above) features Tutankhamun's iconic mask.
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The one-pound coin in Egypt (above) features Tutankhamun's iconic mask.

10. Fiji

Since 2013, Fiji has circulated vibrant banknotes that no longer feature Queen Elizabeth II's face; instead, they spotlight the country's flora and fauna, like the five-dollar banknote (above) with Fiji’s native kulawai, a red-throated lorikeet.
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Since 2013, Fiji has circulated vibrant banknotes that no longer feature Queen Elizabeth II's face; instead, they spotlight the country's flora and fauna, like the five-dollar banknote (above) with Fiji’s native kulawai, a red-throated lorikeet.

11. Honduras

The Honduran lempira is named after the 16th-century ruler of the indigenous Lenca people (above), who led the (unsuccessful) local resistance against the Spanish conquistadors.
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The Honduran lempira is named after the 16th-century ruler of the indigenous Lenca people (above), who led the (unsuccessful) local resistance against the Spanish conquistadors.

12. Iceland

Back in 1413, dried fish was used as currency in Iceland. Luckily, they now use the less-smelly krónur (which means "crowns").
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Back in 1413, dried fish was used as currency in Iceland. Luckily, they now use the less-smelly krónur (which means "crowns").

13. India

The Indian rupee is made with cotton and cotton rag, and features the face of Mahatma Gandhi.
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The Indian rupee is made with cotton and cotton rag, and features the face of Mahatma Gandhi.

14. Iran

You'll see Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini — a Shia Muslim religious leader, philosopher, revolutionary, and politician (known as Ayatollah Khomeini in the Western world) — on high-value Iranian rials.
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You'll see Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini — a Shia Muslim religious leader, philosopher, revolutionary, and politician (known as Ayatollah Khomeini in the Western world) — on high-value Iranian rials.

15. Israel

Israeli shekels bear the portraits of famous Hebrew poets, like the 200 bill (above) with Nathan Alterman and his poem "Eternal Meeting."
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Israeli shekels bear the portraits of famous Hebrew poets, like the 200 bill (above) with Nathan Alterman and his poem "Eternal Meeting."

16. Japan

The 5,000-yen banknote (above) contains a portrait of Higuchi Ichiyō, who's considered the most important female writer of her time. She died at 24, but her stories have had a lasting impact on Japanese literature — and currency.
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The 5,000-yen banknote (above) contains a portrait of Higuchi Ichiyō, who's considered the most important female writer of her time. She died at 24, but her stories have had a lasting impact on Japanese literature — and currency.

17. Kazakhstan

The 10,000-tenge banknote (above) in Kazakhstan features a mountain range behind one of the country's rarest mammals: the snow leopard.
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The 10,000-tenge banknote (above) in Kazakhstan features a mountain range behind one of the country's rarest mammals: the snow leopard.

18. Kuwait

Kuwaiti dinar is considered the highest-value currency in the world, partially because of the country's extensive oil exports — Kuwait has almost 10% of the world's oil reserves.
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Kuwaiti dinar is considered the highest-value currency in the world, partially because of the country's extensive oil exports — Kuwait has almost 10% of the world's oil reserves.

19. Malaysia

Malaysian ringgit showcases the country's national flower: hibiscus.
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Malaysian ringgit showcases the country's national flower: hibiscus.

20. Maldives

The earliest form of currency in the Maldives was cowry shells. As cool as that is, the country now circulates rufiyaa printed with nautical scenes.
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The earliest form of currency in the Maldives was cowry shells. As cool as that is, the country now circulates rufiyaa printed with nautical scenes.

21. New Zealand

New Zealand's various dollar bills feature the country's native birds, like the hoiho (above), an adorable yellow-eyed penguin.
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New Zealand's various dollar bills feature the country's native birds, like the hoiho (above), an adorable yellow-eyed penguin.

22. Nigeria

In 1973, the naira replaced the Nigerian pound as the country's official currency (the British pound sterling was used when Nigeria was a British colony).
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In 1973, the naira replaced the Nigerian pound as the country's official currency (the British pound sterling was used when Nigeria was a British colony).

23. South Africa

South African rand features Africa's "big five": lion, rhinoceros, leopard, buffalo, and elephant.
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South African rand features Africa's "big five": lion, rhinoceros, leopard, buffalo, and elephant.

24. Suriname

The Surinamese dollar has only been the country's official currency since 2004, when it replaced the guilder.
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The Surinamese dollar has only been the country's official currency since 2004, when it replaced the guilder.

25. Switzerland

The Swiss franc is the currency of both Switzerland and Lichtenstein, and the banknotes are all quadrilingual, displaying information in Switzerland's four national languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh.
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The Swiss franc is the currency of both Switzerland and Lichtenstein, and the banknotes are all quadrilingual, displaying information in Switzerland's four national languages: French, German, Italian, and Romansh.

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