As discussed recently, the Bank of England is deciding on a famous scientist to depict on its new £50 note. This article, originally published November 12, 2018, proposes
banknote concept designs highlighting endangered species. There are nine nicely done renditions - see the complete article online for more (I didn't care for the Irish Hare).
Here are some that caught my eye. Thanks to the December 4, 2018 issue of the Society of Paper Money Collectors' News & Notes for leading us to this one.
Banknotes are fascinating things – little works of art that pass through our hands each day almost unnoticed. Every so often, there is a news story about a new design, and
perhaps some controversy over which historical figure will feature on the front of the note. But what if the Bank of England is getting it all backwards?
It’s fine to celebrate the achievements of the past, but we decided to put a new spin on things by thinking about the future that humankind needs to protect. Our new
series of speculative banknote concept designs celebrates not great humans that we’ve lost, but endangered species that we might lose if we don’t put more work, and
money, into saving
Welsh coast: Loggerhead Turtle
Turtles once shared the planet with dinosaurs, and each individual might live as long as a human being. But human interference has caused a drastic diminishing of the species
over the past six decades.
Loggerhead turtles divide their time between far-flung locations from the coast of Wales to Florida and New Carolina, following the currents and the warm water. Industrial
fishing, the development of coastal areas, and climate change all play a part in the reptile’s precarious situation.
Scottish Highlands: Scottish Wildcat
Wildcats are so rare that they have begun interbreeding with domestic or feral cats, which is compromising the genetic lineage of the species. It can also result in the
spreading of feline diseases.
They can grow to nearly a metre long and stalk the woods of the Scottish Highlands, where they are sometimes mistaken for ordinary cats by gun-wielding farmers keen to protect
their game birds from predators. It’s reckoned there may only be a 100-300 wildcats left.
Moray Firth: Bottlenose Dolphin
Just a few hundred of these playful, sociable, highly intelligent creatures remain in the Moray Firth and Cardigan Bay. If their international number is currently stable, there
are fears that overfishing in the next couple of decades will leave bottlenose dolphins short of food.
What’s more, conservationists fear that toxic chemicals introduced to the sea by human culture may harm the general health of dolphins and their ability to reproduce.
To read the complete article, see:
UK Bank Notes Get A Makeover To Honor Endangered Species
News & Notes also led us to a withering critique from The Irish Times of the inclusion of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the list of scientist nominees.
Thatcher graduated in chemistry from Oxford and spent some time working in food research, but her greatest contribution to science – and even this is disputed – looks to have
been some minor tweaks to the recipe for Lyon’s soft-serve ice cream. You may as well nominate Adolf Hitler for an honour recognising “contribution to watercolour
To read the original article, see:
UK Banknote Concept Designs (Endangered Wildlife Edition)
To read the complete article, see:
Margaret Thatcher on the new £50 note? Time
for some Irish banknote nostalgia (https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/margaret-thatcher-on-the-new-50-note-time-for-some-irish-banknote-nostalgia-1.3713440)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SCIENTISTS NOMINATED FOR NEW £50 NOTE (https://www.coinbooks.org/v21/esylum_v21n48a28.html)
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