Found via the December 10, 2019 News & Notes from the Society of Paper Money Collectors is this great story about a man's quest to travel the world photographing
sites depicted on banknotes. The article is from CBC News on the occasion of his visit to Winnipeg, Canada. -Editor
One man is making it his mission to photograph the buildings and landmarks seen on currency from around the world, which brought him to Winnipeg to see the Canadian Museum for
Human Rights on our $10 bill.
It all started when Emaad Paracha was in his home country of Pakistan in 2015, and wanted to see the ruins depicted on a 20-rupee note. He posted a photo of the site online,
and people loved it.
"I thought, hey might as well do it with the rest of the currency, and that's how it sort of came about," he said.
So far, Paracha has been to parts of the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and other regions of Pakistan to photograph sites seen on different currencies. Because he
now lives in Toronto, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was an easy one to check off his list, he said.
"I found it [the museum] really cool especially when the tour guides inside they explained and they explained the whole meaning behind the architecture," he said.
Other sites have been more challenging to get to and photograph. This summer, he spent two weeks hiking to K2, the second-highest mountain on earth, which is shown on
Pakistan's 50-rupee note.
"[There were] no phones, no nothing, just walking 30 kilometres a day, on mountains, just to be able to take that one picture. And that's what I did this summer,"
Paracha is a web designer, and says he's able to afford his travels by planning ahead, looking for cheap flights, and traveling with friends who he can split the costs
Paracha travelled to Washington to photograph the Capitol Building of the United States with the $50 note bearing it on the back.
What a great adventure! Super idea, and tailor-made for the Instagram generation. See his website for more great images. He's also visiting sites depicted on coins.
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The Currency Projrect (http://currencyproject.co/)
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Man's mission to photograph sites on currencies around the world brings him to
Wayne Homren, Editor
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