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Colour of Currency – Pantone Colour Guide to Banknotes around the World


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Colour of Currency – Pantone Colour Guide to Banknotes around the World

Present & Correct are always sharing amazing stuff, like this, first shared by It’s Nice That: Colour of Currency: Pantone Colour Guide to Banknotes around the World’.

Money.co.uk have put together a detailed visual guide to all the banknotes around the world, and within this guide are various topics that have been properly analysed.

Salman Haqqi, Senior Personal Finance Writer for Money.co.uk, firstly they looked at the dominant colours of £20 notes across the world, in a detailed global colour map.

Colour of Currency Pantone Colour Guide to Banknotes around the World

After that exercise, they then went about matching the colour of each counties banknote to a Pantone Reference

This was achieved by feeding all collected banknote images through software, written by Lokesh Dhakar, called Colour Thief ‘Grab the colour palette from an image using just Javascript’, and then went about matching the resulting colours with names from Colour-blindness.com.

Pantone Colours of the Worlds Currencies

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If creating an exhaustive Pantone banknote chartwasn’t enough, they also looked at the DNA of banknotes, and even decided to design their own global banknote, called the Globos.

Globos – The Global Note

Whilst its clear banknote designs differ greatly around the world, our study got us thinking, what could a global note potentially look like?

Taking into consideration our learnings and the commonalities found in all of the 157 currencies, we’ve created the ‘Globos’, a fictional currency featuring the most popular component found in each stage of our analysis

Currency in Colour Global Note Front Currency in Colour Global Note Front

I can’t do their amazing post justice in a blog post, so I would recommend popping over to Colour of Currency and read it in full:

A visual guide to banknotes around the world