Kavan Ratnatunga writes:
A friend working in typography sent me a great video by Frere-Jones who shows the potential there is to do some very interesting research on the
typography on old BankNotes.
This talk presents ongoing research into the use of letterforms as a means of security for citizens and governments alike, thwarting forgery in
plain sight and in secret. Some strategies have relied on high-profile collaborations, and others on home-grown cunning. Interwoven is a story of war
and peace, technology, culture and economics. The narrative will focus on American banknotes from the Colonial period to the present day, with
additional examples of government permits and lottery tickets.
I recently found an inverted N on the 1850 1 pound watermark.
Interesting topic. The full lecture is worth watching; it's more about using typefaces as an anti-counterfeiting measure. Follow the YouTube
link below. -Editor
To watch the video, see:
Tobias Frere-Jones - In Letters We Trust - btconfBER2015
For more information on the British Ceylon Colombo - Pounds Sterling, see this page from his web site:
British Ceylon Colombo - Pounds Sterling - 1850-1855
Wayne Homren, Editor
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