New Five Dollar Bill Marred with Purple “5″

by Sean Hackbarth

Five Dollar Bill

Our currency continues to get uglier and uglier. The new and “improved” five dollar bill is now in circulation. “Enhanced security features” fail to give the bill any elegance. It sports a big, ugly, purple “5″ on the back. Is Barney now living in the Federal Reserve?

The U.S. gets closer and closer to Euro bills featuring images of structures that don’t exist.

“US: Security Features of New Five-Dollar Bill are on the Money”

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26 Responses to “New Five Dollar Bill Marred with Purple “5″”

1

The Big 5 is large print for those whose eyes aren’t as good as the rest us, though as to the choice of color, I don’t know why they picked purple.

2

Josh, I’m even opposed to the san-serif font used on that purple “5.” A serif font gives the bill more dignity and seriousness. If I want fun money I’ll go to Toys ‘R Us.

3

>>> The Big 5 is large print for those whose eyes aren’t as good as the rest us,

Um, wouldn’t Lincoln’s big head be the giveaway?

Agreed: the purple 5 in Sesame Street font is ugly. Blech.

So long, “greenback”.

(I didn’t look at all the Euro bills, but check the $500 note; what the hell is that?? It looks like an apartment house on acid.)

4

Um, wouldn’t Lincoln’s big head be the giveaway?

Not if you’re not from here.

Man, the slightest change of anything sends you guys off the rails, doesn’t it?

5

I saw “Lincoln ringed with purple stars” and wondered when the Treasury was taken over by 12-year-old girls.

That’s how they picked purple–someone on the committee has a ‘tween daughter.

6

Man, the slightest change of anything sends you guys off the rails, doesn’t it?

Correction: The slightest change in anything that makes them think we’re trying to be more like Europe sends them off the rails. USA! USA! USA!

7

I guess I have to “prove” I’m not a xenophobe.

Good thing from Europe: Santiago Calatrava.

Bad thing from Europe: Euro notes with buildings that don’t exist.

Good: Smart economists like Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek.

Bad: Communists like Karl Marx and Jean Paul Satre.

Good: Belgian ales.

Bad: Bidets.

Not please tell me if you actually think this five-dollar bill looks like something deserving of the largest economy on earth.

8

Bad: Bidets.

WTF? Asshole cleanliness gets the thumbs-down from Sean?

Not please tell me if you actually think this five-dollar bill looks like something deserving of the largest economy on earth.

It looks precisely exactly like the current sawbuck, only there’s a big number 5 on it. Which is how many dollars it is.

I’m not seeing the problem. Then again, I’m of the opinion that dollars are for saving and spending, not to be framed and looked at.

9

Chet, I’m talking about before most of the anti-counterfeit features were added. Once upon a time Lincoln was in the center of the bill. That was also before they decided to slap on san-serif numbers to make the bills look more Canadian.

Just like buildings are designed to display Man’s ability to create beautiful things a nation should have enough pride to design beautiful currency that is also tough to counterfeit. The U.S. is being lazy and we’re letting them get away with it.

10

>>>the slightest change of anything sends you guys off the rails

Change can be good. Change can be bad.

Change for the sake of change is a worthless exercise.

The purple 5 is copy-cat stupid and looks low-rent.

11

Man’s ability to create beautiful things a nation should have enough pride to design beautiful currency that is also tough to counterfeit.

I think they look just fine, Sean. I have no problem with Helvetica on my money. Honestly this seems like nothing more than old-man grousing from you.

12

Purple’s my favorite color, so i’m not complaining. Of course, i don’t care either way, especially since i find myself using cash less and less.

The worst thing about the American $5 bill: you can only buy about, what, 3 1/4 Euros with it?

13

Barney Fife?

14

If this BILL is so “New” with all new security features (developed in 2007 and soon to be distributed in 2008), Then why am I looking at a $5.00 bill (exactly as one shown) with all those mentioned Security features that is dated 2006?…..Any answers?

15

I have an 06 as well

16

The new five dollar bill with a purple five is just so cute I want to kiss it and put it under my pillow.

17

I could care less about the purple 5. What’s really important is to get “In god we trust” off our bills and coins. There isn’t any god…and we need to keep religion and government separate for the benefit of both.

18

Don’t dis the new 5, on its asthetic value. Look harder at the monetary system it is representing. In this country,

The Federal Reserve orders the treasury to create the paper money to hand back over to the Fed, so they can loan it out at interest into the General Economy. Every dollar NOTE (Federal Reserve Note) that is printed, is born into the economy with an interest rate that someone (banks, and government) has to pay to someone else (FedRsv, and through FedRsv, Gov debt instrument holders). Now when the treasury does this and hands it over to the FedRsv, it gets paid a SMALL pittance for its trouble and effort (cost of printing) and then when it wants portion of that money that it just printed, it gets loaned back to them at FACE VALUE, and Treasury agrees to pay FACE VALUE BACK TO FEDRSV PLUS INTREST. Treasury at Gov Direction, then emits that borowed money, spending it into the economy for things, and then has to TAX YOU AND ME to get it all back to pay the principal and interest….

Instead….go google Lincoln Greenbacks as an antithesis to this whole debt debacle.

I know some of you mention Lincoln, and ask

19

I feel as though “In God we trust” should not be
taken off of the bills and coins. That is what
is wrong with this world today. People are taking God out of everything!

20

The new five dollar bill looks fake!!! It is sooooooooo ugly!

21

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22

Hey morons with the 2006 comment …

They were actually produced in 2008 – 2006 is the series number. Do your homework before making stupid comments. A series number is not the year number.

23

hey moron with the rude 2006 comment, we all don’t work for a fricken mint, alright?

24

My Mom (85 years old) wouldn’t spend her purple
$5 bills because she thought they were fake.

25

I live in Australia and just did some currency conversion yesterday in preparation for my holiday in a week’s time.

The first thing I thought when I got one of these notes was that it looked fake…

26

[...] I thought the five-dollar bill was horrendous. The blue strip and the gold inkwell on the $100 make the five look like a work of art. At least Benjamin Franklin isn’t in Ulysses S. Grant’s position and stuck on a pink bill. [...]

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