Name that currency, and sew it to a jourunal
August 31, 2006 7:55 AM   Subscribe

Can you identify these international currencies? And/or can you think of a way for me to sew paper to a journal cover?

The bills may no longer be in circulation.

As for the crafty part of the question: ideally, I'd like to treat the bills with something that will render them strong enough and pliable enough to be sewn through without being damaged. Is there a way?
posted by leapingsheep to Grab Bag (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The bottom note is from Nepal. Jeez, can't you read devanagari?

I have a bookmark made from the same note which has been laminated. Laminating them might make it easier to sew.
posted by mds35 at 7:58 AM on August 31, 2006

It might be easier to scan the currency to an iron-on transfer and then put it on fabric. (My mother has done this with family photos on crazy quilts.)
posted by Lucinda at 8:04 AM on August 31, 2006

The top one is the Ukraine, I believe.

As for sewing, I'd do more of a 'encase in plastic' and sew the clear plastic into the shape you want, if it were me.
posted by cobaltnine at 8:06 AM on August 31, 2006

The top one says "UKRAINA" in Cyrillic.
posted by NekulturnY at 8:06 AM on August 31, 2006

The top one looks like it says "Ukraine".
posted by cardboard at 8:07 AM on August 31, 2006

Well, I think that's settled.
posted by cardboard at 8:08 AM on August 31, 2006

Is there anything the hive mind doesn't know? Thanks, everyone.
posted by leapingsheep at 8:09 AM on August 31, 2006

The top one says "coupon" in cyrillic. Funny name for a currency!
posted by JJ86 at 8:15 AM on August 31, 2006

As JJ86 noted, the top one is a Ukrainian coupon. It reads: "Ukraine/Coupon/1/Karbovanets/National Bank of Ukraine." The coupon, aka karbovanets, was a transitional currency used in Ukraine from 1992 until the introduction of the Hryvnia in 1996.
posted by brianogilvie at 8:37 AM on August 31, 2006

And (just to add more useless information) karbóvanets is also the Ukrainian name of the Russian ruble.
posted by languagehat at 10:20 AM on August 31, 2006

The bottom one says :

"Shree Nepal Rashtra Bank.
Rupaiyya Ek"

Ek = One

So it's a one rupee note.

Funny how they've prefixed a "Shree", which is a title (a la "Mr.") before "Nepal Rashtra Bank, ie. National bank of Nepal.

Anyone knows why that would be so? and whose the military guy on the note?
posted by forwebsites at 10:35 AM on August 31, 2006

forwebsites -- possibly it's for the same reason that the Japanese sometimes refer to Mount Fuji as o-Fuji, if I'm remembering correctly.

The 'o' is an honorific usually applied to people ('o-sensei'), as in 'the honorable mount fuji'.

The Nepalese honor their banks, I guess.
posted by o2b at 11:49 AM on August 31, 2006

Anyone know why the massive blank space on the Nepal note? Is it supposed to be stamped with something?
posted by Mitheral at 11:53 AM on August 31, 2006

Mitheral, there is a watermark in the blank spot, but I can't make out what it is. For the journal I want to either glue an interesting coin to that spot, or cut it out to reveal some yet to be thought of hilarious thing/person.
posted by leapingsheep at 12:08 PM on August 31, 2006

I believe the watermark is the crown of the royal family. Slow loading picture here.
posted by blue mustard at 12:15 PM on August 31, 2006

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