This is what banknotes look like when they're designed by children

A Norwegian designer submitted kids' drawings to a competition to create the country's new banknotes.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2014

If you’ve ever left a child armed with felt tips in the vicinity of your purse, you probably already have a good idea of what they think banknotes should look like.

But while you may have been on the verge of a meltdown over your defaced dosh, Norway’s central bank came close to actually letting money dreamt up by children into circulation. Aslak Gurholt Rønsen’s ideas, featuring images he designed on one side and a child’s drawing of them on the other, were shortlisted in a sea-themed central bank competition to design notes coming into circulation in 2017.

Credit: Aslak Gurholt Rønsen

Here are the designs that are going to be developed for the actual notes (although, oddly, Norges Bank's competition ‘winner’, Enzo Finger, won’t actually see his ideas become reality). The front will come from The Metric System and Terje Tønnessen’s submission, while the back will be based on Snøhetta Design’s proposal.

Credit: The Metric System & Terje Tønnessen, Snøhetta Design

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