20 Dollars, "Legalise Freedom," 2022


Countermarking and embossing coins and banknotes adds additional messages to monetary objects, altering their original design. While there are many historical examples of countermarking for transactional and economic purposes, often countermarking is done to spread political or social messages or as a form of protest. British artist Paul Embleton countermarked and embossed coins and banknotes in 2020-2022 with messages related to the Black Lives Matter movement to show support for it and amplify its message through the circulation of the coins and banknotes. He did similar work in 2020 on British coins and notes with messages of support for the NHS in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

Date Made: 2017Date Modified: 2022

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesPlace Modified: United Kingdom

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Credit Line: Paul Embleton

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2023.0014.1Catalog Number: 2023.0014.1Accession Number: 2023.0014Serial Number: PB 37558577 D

Object Name: note, embossed

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6.7 cm x 15.6 cm; 2 5/8 in x 6 5/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng44ea2c893-a322-43fd-b9f9-0a3098567519

Record Id: nmah_2026270

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