The Artistry of Money
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.”
— Will Durant, American philosopher
Coins and notes do not have to be beautiful to serve as money, but they have often featured purposeful and symbolic art. Creative design and skill have been applied to the production of money to honor people, commemorate significant events, and inspire respect and loyalty to governments. Thus, the art of money is not only in its design, but also in the way in which numismatic artwork can convey the importance of money in society and its power as a means of communication for governments and artists.