The New New Twenty

Today as I withdrew some cash from the Bancomat, I obtained my first new twenty. Overall, I think this is a step in the right direction. I have always found American money the most visually dull currency in the world. The best by far was the Dutch Gilder, which has sadly been trumped by the Euro. Although the Dutch should have the finest bills since they had Van Gogh and other Dutch Masters to draw from. Like cheating, really.

On the new twenties, I like the green-peach-green gradient that is the base color for the bill and I really like the giant blue eagle to the left of Jackson’s nub; it lends itself nicely to the green to peach fade.

I am baffled by the wavy “TWENTY USA” stamp to the right of Jackson. Was that an afterthough? It seems so slap-dash. I abhor the plethora of tiny twenties on the back. (I know it is difficult to see these from the image shown, but you’ll see when you get one in you hand.) All those modifications to the front and this is all that was thought up for the back? It’s like a pointless connect-the-dots for ADD folk. I think maybe the budget was shot half-way though the project.

Finally, Check out Jackson’s left eyebrow. Was it always this unruly or is this another clever anti-counterfeitting ploy?


  1. shemaiah on 20 October 2003 at 11:15 am

    I want a new $20! How exciting! I can’t wait for one of my very own!
    By the way, I love the 80’s strikes back tonight!

  2. Mia on 20 October 2003 at 1:18 am

    does the new one feel fake to you? I would have thrown a fit if I hadn’t gotten mine directly from a bank teller. It was suspiciously crispy and the bills stick together. I am standing at the counter, waiting to pay, rubbing the bills again and again… making sure I’m not accidentally paying $60 for my candy bar… uh, I mean, protein bar.

    p.s. the Blogotron works great here, but it doesn’t remember me at Are they separate? Just checkin’

  3. Lordleiter on 20 October 2003 at 4:30 am

    Sorry. I am still testing some of the newer Blogotron features so does not have the latest and greatest. Did she put you up to this?

  4. Gina Norman on 21 October 2003 at 12:06 pm

    Wow! I hate the tiny 20’s on the back too! That’s the first thing I said when I got my first “new 20”. The colors are an improvement, though, in general.

    Still no cookie goodness, though.


  5. Mia on 21 October 2003 at 1:47 am

    No, Clamhead did not put me up to this. I am just a natural born whiner. 😉

  6. Keri on 21 October 2003 at 4:06 am

    I kind of like the little 20s. It looks like it’s raining 20s.

    I am truly offended that you would think I would ask Mia to say something about the cookies.

    (Mia… could you ask about the formatting of my request page now?)

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