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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 15, April 12, 2009, Article 28

NEW BERMUDA BANKNOTES ARE TURNING HEADS

Here's a great article from the Bermuda Sun inspired by the country's new banknote designs with an unusual portrait orientation rather than the traditional landscape format.

Where was this on April Fool's Day? And isn't anyone going to comment on the E-Sylum April Fools piece? I donít know if it was too bad or too good, but no one has mentioned it. Anyway, be sure to read the whole original Bermuda piece - it's funny. -Editor
I want to congratulate everybody involved in introducing Bermuda's new banknotes on their brilliant achievement in the face of huge challenges.

More than half the money in circulation now is the new colourful banknotes.

The new notes are so widespread now that several doctors have reported seeing patients with repetitive neck injuries from counting money with the new "sideways" printing.

The Chief Medical Officer issued a bulletin this week advising the general public, especially those like bank tellers and cashiers who handle large amounts of cash, to hold the money at right angles to the way old money was held.

Bermuda 2009 Features

Many large retailers and banks have ordered money cash drawers and cash registers with the slots facing in a new direction, while new ATMs are being installed that dispense banknotes narrow-end first.

For those depositing money in ATMs, banks have ordered a new supply of envelopes that measure 10x5 inches, instead of the 5x10 inches formerly used. Traditional cheques will fit in the new envelopes if they are inserted end-first.

"The $10 note alone bears images of butterflies, turtles, leaping fish, angel fish, a parrot fish, and several other kinds of fish, a sea horse, a sea anemone, coral, the sun or moon rising over the horizon and puffy clouds, several maps of the island, the Commissioner's House, the Deliverance, a cannon, an anchor, some onions, several scuba divers and a picture of the Queen of England, not to mention a sailboat and hibiscus flower watermarks.

"If you can't find what you want here, you can look through the transparent oval in the middle of the banknote and see anything you happen to be facing.

To read the complete article, see: Our new 'sideways' currency is a real head turner (http://www.bermudasun.bm/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=135&ArticleID=41085&TM=45620.27)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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