Currency Design Analysis: Jacob DeLeon

Front of Chinese currency donated to Holland-Terrell Libraries

Front of Chinese currency donated to Holland-Terrell Libraries

back of Chinese currency donated to Holland-Terrell Libraries

Back of Chinese currency donated to Holland-Terrell Libraries

The currency that I choose is an Chinese bill that represents 1 customs gold unit. I really like this bill to its simplicity. If we look at the front of the bill there is noticeable line work that is bordering the whole bill. The line work on the corners are almost a word holder of the text. there are no real icons on the front unless the charters of the Chinese language considered icons due to the fact that I do not know what the says on the front. There is a very intricate line pattern right below the portrait. this line work is symmetrical and has a mix of 4 colors. This ties in with the matter of having the lines as a placeholder for the text. The portrait of the man is the of the top have of the bill. The bill is presented in a vertical way, thus the portrait and the line work take up about half of the bill. When we look at the back of the bill right away your eye will be pulled towards the illustration of “The Central Bank of China” this takes up more than half of the back of the bill. There is more intricate line work that borders the whole back of the bill. Also right below the bank we have more line work as a text holder for the words “one customs gold unit” Due to the how the bill is split into 2 sections on the front and back it has a feel of unity between both sides of the bill. The color scheme on the back of the bill only has the color red. This color red is only represented as the serial number. The front of the bill has the same red numbers for the serial number yet there are more colors. The intricate line work under the portrait is split in half on the right side the line work is a mix of blue and orange which are a very common complementary colors. On the left hand side we have green and blue which are also complementary colors. lastly the typography of the bill is a mix of Chinese and English. On the front of the bill we only have Chinese. The back of the bill is only in English. This is due to the fact that on the bottom of the bill it states “American Bank Note Company” Thus I believe that this note was made in America for the Chinese, I’m not sure if China did not have the means of printing their own money but the typography of the words are thick bold lettering that do not have serifs.

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