|Matt & Andrej Koymasky|
May 4th, 2007
|Money, bills, and coins
Male nudes in money are not so uncommon, from ancient times to present...
Bruttium (actual Italy), Kaulonia - 525-500 B.C.
Apollo advancing right, holding branch
From Private Collection
Cos, Caria (actual Greece) - 5th century B.C.
Macedonia - 359-336 B.C.
Philip II - Silver tetradrachm
Macedonia - 279-168 B.C.
Young male head wearing oak-wreath intertwined with diadem
Warrior standing foot on rock, holding spear
Rome - before 31 B.C.
Denarius of Octavian
Octavian is shown nude in the guise of Neptune, holding a lance in his left hand and a trophy (a ship's stern) in his right, both symbolizing his naval victory over Sextus Pompey in 36 B.C.; one foot rests on a globe, symbolizing power over land and sea.
Germany - Berlin - Pergamon Museum.
In more recent times
Czechoslovakia - 1933
Italy - 1979 (I've plenty... of course)
Italy - 2002 (the new 2 Euro, Italian coin)
Greece - 2004 (the new 2 Euro, for Olympic Games)
The Discus Thrower, a life-size statue by Myron of Eleutherae, was made in about 450 BC, the classical period of Greek art. The sculpture, originally in bronze, survives only as a Roman copy in marble.
And someone noticed that on Euros appeared a penis (and then disappeared - see below)
With the "penis" (see the map to understand why...)
But "corrected" in 2007, in all the coins, as you can see...
And finally, also some (amusing) fakes
Canada - 20 Dollars - 1991 (above the real one, belove the fake one)
And even more fake...
Fake porn euro notes being sold as a gimmick in Germany are being successfully passed off as real cash.
Instead of the word 'Euro' being printed in the corner these notes have 'Eros' - the Greek god of love.
But despite these differences - and the fact that the only large euro notes currently in circulation are 100s, 200s and 500s - police say they are being passed off as the real thing.
Cologne newsagent Bernd Friedhelm, 33, accepted one of the fake 600 euro notes from an unknown customer who bought two cartons of cigarettes and walked off with 534 euros in change.
Friedhelm said: "He told me it was a new type of note and I just figured I hadn't seen one before."
A spokesman for the Cologne police said: "You can tell straight away by looking at it that it's fake.
"There aren't even any 600 euro notes anyway. But anyone trying to pass it off as real, even as a joke, faces prosecution."
And here is an amusing 20 dollars bill drawn by Harry Bush (no relations with the former presidents Bush)