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The art of money

A Costa Rican banknote for five colones

A Costa Rican banknote for five colones

These beautiful currencies of different countries inspire us, make us admire them not as banknotes, but as a kind of art – The art of money. Costa Rican banknote shows Rafael Yglesia Castro, president of Costa Rica from 1894 to 1902 and a Guaria Morada orchid, Costa Rica’s national flower. The current series of banknotes is being replaced throughout 2010.

A colorful five dollar Australian note. In 1965, Australia adopted the name 'royal' for its currency, but it was later dropped in favor of the dollar

A colorful five dollar Australian note. In 1965, Australia adopted the name ‘royal’ for its currency, but it was later dropped in favor of the dollar

A note for one Egyptian pound. All Egyptian banknotes are bilingual, with Arabic text and Eastern Arabic numerals on one side, and English and Hindu Arabic numerals on the reverse

A note for one Egyptian pound

All Egyptian banknotes are bilingual, with Arabic text and Eastern Arabic numerals on one side, and English and Hindu Arabic numerals on the reverse

A 100 dirham note from the UAE, showing the World Trade Centre. A falcon watermark is placed on all UAE banknotes to help prevent fraud

A 100 dirham note from the UAE, showing the World Trade Centre. A falcon watermark is placed on all UAE banknotes to help prevent fraud

A five rupee note from Pakistan. The port depicted is Gwadar port, which opened in 2008

A five rupee note from Pakistan. The port depicted is Gwadar port, which opened in 2008

A five ringgit note from Malaysia showing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Petronas Twin Towers, and the Multimedia Super Corridor

A five ringgit note from Malaysia showing the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Petronas Twin Towers, and the Multimedia Super Corridor

A 20 rand note from South Africa. Each in this series of banknotes features a different animal from the 'big five'

A 20 rand note from South Africa. Each in this series of banknotes features a different animal from the ‘big five’

A colorful, floral 1000 note from French Polynesia, where the currency is the CPF franc

A colorful, floral 1000 note from French Polynesia, where the currency is the CPF franc

A 500 baht note from Thailand. This is roughly equivalent to £10 of British money

A 500 baht note from Thailand. This is roughly equivalent to £10 of British money

A Surinamese ten dollar note. The dollar replaced the Surinamese guilder in January 2004

A Surinamese ten dollar note. The dollar replaced the Surinamese guilder in January 2004

A one lempira note from Honduras. The lempira was introduced in 1931, and is named after a 16th century ruler who led resistance against Spanish conquistadors

A one lempira note from Honduras. The lempira was introduced in 1931, and is named after a 16th century ruler who led resistance against Spanish conquistadors

A New Zealand note for five dollars, depicting New Zealand's native hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin

A New Zealand note for five dollars, depicting New Zealand’s native hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin

A Bahamian one dollar note, showing the Royal Bahamas police force band

A Bahamian one dollar note, showing the Royal Bahamas police force band

A one dinar note from Libya. The dinar replaced the pound in 1971

A one dinar note from Libya. The dinar replaced the pound in 1971

An Indonesian note for 1000 rupiah. The word rupiah derives from the Indian rupee. This note shows traditional houses in the city of Palembang

An Indonesian note for 1000 rupiah. The word rupiah derives from the Indian rupee. This note shows traditional houses in the city of Palembang

Swiss Franc

Swiss Franc

Switzerland (Francs)

Switzerland (Francs)

The French Pacific Territories (Franc)

The French Pacific Territories (Franc)

The Maldives (Rufiyaa)

The Maldives (Rufiyaa)

Zambian Kwacha

Zambian Kwacha

A Canadian bank note for five dollars, depicting children playing ice hockey

A Canadian bank note for five dollars, depicting children playing ice hockey

Antarctic Dollar

Antarctic Dollar

Australian Dollar

Australian Dollar

CFP Franc

CFP Franc

Comoros (Comorian Franc)

Comoros (Comorian Franc)

Cook Islands (Cook Island Dollars)

Cook Islands (Cook Island Dollars)

Dutch Guilder

Dutch Guilder

The art of money. Faroe islands

Faroe islands

The art of money. Hong Kong (Hong Kong Dollars)

Hong Kong (Hong Kong Dollars)

The art of money. Iceland (Kronurs)

Iceland (Kronurs)

The art of money. New Zealand (New Zealand Dollars)

New Zealand (New Zealand Dollars)

The art of money. New Zealand (New Zealand Dollars)

New Zealand (New Zealand Dollars)

The art of money. Sao Tome & Principe (Dobras)

Sao Tome & Principe (Dobras)

The art of money. South African Rand

South African Rand

telegraph.co.uk/finance