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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 15, April 9, 2006, Article 6

NEW $10 BILLS ARE "UGLY", BUT OLD FIVES ARE "NASTY"

We've seen a number of articles with a numismatic theme from
the Daily News of Newburyport relating to the Jacob Perkins
building and the "roofer hoard" of banknotes.  On April 5th
the paper published an article on another common theme,
criticism of new designs - in this case, the new U.S. $10 bill.

"Although the new $10 hasn't caused major headaches for local
businesses, some have had to make changes to equipment that
handles the bills.

Bonnie Demars, owner of the Village Washtub Laundromat, had to
change a computerized chip for the washing machines three times
to accommodate the new $10s."

"The new bill is real currency, but many say it looks like
"play money."

Janette Hill, branch supervisor at TD Banknorth in Newburyport,
said she's had customers make comments.

"Some people like them and some people don't. But a few people
have said it looks like it's been sitting in rusting water,"
she said, referring to the bill's background colors of red,
orange and yellow that look dingy to some.

Teller Amanda Hardy has also had similar responses. "A lot
of people question it because it looks like play money," she
said. "It looks like foreign currency more than anything."

But both agree that the $5 bills need a makeover, too. Hill
said the $5 bills are "nasty;" Hardy said they haven't had a
new look in years."

Derek DeBoisbriand, a salesperson at Richdale's, said that
older people seem to question the validity of the new $10 bill
more than other customers, because they're used to the older
bills."

"While he says "personally I think it's really ugly" and like
coffee has been spilled on it, he did add that he likes the
numeral 10 in the right-hand corner of the new bill, because
it turns from copper to green, depending how one looks at it."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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