Don’tcha just love money? I mean, we all like the spending stuff obviously, but the design of paper money has always been a fascination of mine (a closet notaphilist?) and I have recently bought a number of banknotes from around the work for a possible book project. Now that I have these wonderful things in hands, I am loath to do anything destructive with them, particularly the old ones. The earliest is shown here; a German twenty mark note from 1914 (detail above). The two sides below are shown as thumbnails but are very large scans so you can get in real close.
I guess the other extreme note I have here is a one hundred trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe, just before they re-adjusted the values. Not a particularly interesting design, but I felt the desire for a large demonination, you know how these things can get you?