The Who’s Who Of UK Banknotes (Infographic)

Posted on Jan 24 2014 - 10:58am by Alexandra Ashton

We are in deep trouble, you know that, right? We have unemployment in America, a place where stuff like that was a thing of a joke in The Wolf of Wall Street Times. We have poverty in Africa, although of course the continent is growing in super impressive speed. We have stupidity and unentertaining mediocrity. And one of the ways we can solve that is by feeding right information to our people.

A good place to start increasing our knowledge is in our money. Hundreds of cash are being transferred to different hands all day and we don’t even know why Jane Austen is in the banknote. Maybe figuring out the information we have in this money can the idea of solving the world’s issues be resurfaced, popped up to our thoughts out of seeming nowhere. There’s so much rich and non-vacuous history about our money and movies about how they are produced, printed and distributed in the world. You can’t just sit there and not read at least half of them, can you?

If you think this information might not prove useful to you, you should think about the last few great discoveries that were discovered out of accident and out of unrelated information. Think about how the Viagra was discovered. Think about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

So I suggest you get your thinking caps ready and prepare for the history of banknotes, starting from how Adam Smith and Elizabeth Fry and Charles Darwin got their fame imprinted on banknotes and how the Bank of England became the second oldest central bank in the world in 1694. Here’s an infographic as a start.


About the Author

Alexandra Ashton, Communications at Neomam Studios , the UK based Infographic Agency. Alexandra is a content and design enthusiast with a keen eye for detail.