United States of Europe dollar

Started by Pellinore, March 18, 2020, 12:32:42 AM

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This imitation dollar probably dates from the 1990s, when the United States of Europe were more of a (remote) possibility than before and after. 'Zoetermeer' is the name of a large village - a small village famous for its butter in the early 20th century, now a 100,000 inhabitants town full of people working elsewhere and without an identity.

The banknote says 'One Dollar' but also '1,000'. Riddles...

-- Paul


Having lived in Zoetermeer, I cannot think of who could have issued this note, all the more because it is highly confusing. The differences (basically EUROPE and the extra zeroes in the corners) are too small and the resemblance is too big. It is likely that the authorities would have reacted if these notes would have been issued in quantity. The note carries no name of the issuer or a real date.

See also this pdf, pages 369-375. This book will be of interest to anyone interested in banknotes.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


Dear Figleaf, thanks very much for the link to the banknote book: Designing Banknote Identity by Hans de Heij. All these inspiring, excellent depictions, not only of the fantasy notes, but also emphasizing similarities, especially in the appendixes 5 (p. 309) and 6 (p. 317). Fantasy dollar notes may be admired on p. 246 and 310. 

-- Paul