In association with Independent Currencies

THE BITCOIN BANKNOTE PROJECT

BY INDEPENDENT CURRENCIES

WHERE CRYPTOCURRENCY MEETS CASH

The Bitcoin Banknote Project aims to highlight the role security printing can play in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space.

Secure document printing - the printing of cash - elevates and protects the trust in our financial system, why not decentralized forms of money? Though the project is named after Bitcoin, we seek to showcase all cryptocurrencies, central bank digital currencies and blockchain tokens,
and their intersection with banknote design.

The Bitcoin Banknote Project was founded by artist and banknote designer Tom Badley,
in association with Independent Currencies.

INDEPENDENT CURRENCIES 2019 PROTOTYPE ‘CRYPTOCARD’

WHAT BANKNOTE DESIGN
CAN DO FOR BLOCKCHAIN

The privacy of cryptocurrency is a myth - all transactions are visible. Cash, on the other hand, is truly private. Cryptocurrency in a cash-like form is actual sovereign money with a digital scarcity.

Without banknote printing standards, a paper wallet is easily counterfeited. The highly specialized techniques of banknote design and production are refined to create secure paper.

Cash is familiar and easy to obtain. In contrast, the on-boarding process for cryptocurrency is usually invasive and difficult. Cash-like cryptocurrency fills the gap.

Each currency is its own brand. The design of banknotes are powerful visual touch-points for that brand. New currencies need standout design that reflects their revolutionary potential.

Cryptocurrency's humanitarian basis is obvious - sovereign money is a profound first step in self-determination. Cash compliments sovereignty as a private, face-to-face transaction.

Outside of art, paper money is perhaps the world's most personal yet highly crafted product. This craft is an essential part of cash's utility, allowing it to be trusted.

Trust is the only true currency - Tom Badley

The original tagline of Bitcoin was Don't Trust, Verify. Trustless technology - blockchain, smart contracts and cryptographic verification - is the cornerstone of cryptocurrency. These technologies will revolutionize processes that should never be left to human bias and error. However, cryptocurrency has underestimated how Humans need trust in order to transact. Above all else, banknote design is the design of trust - it provides the vital missing piece to the cryptocurrency model.

TOM BADLEY

ARTIST & SECURITY DOCUMENTS SPECIALIST

No artist or designer has been more prolific in introducing banknote design to cryptocurrency. Since 2017, Tom Badley has created hundreds of designs that reference crypto and blockchain, and has directly interacted with collectors, charities, the world of NFTs, metaverse, and organizations working to make crypto-enabled cash a reality.

Tom worked in the banknote industry as a designer, starting in 2015. Since 2019, he started Independent Currencies to meet blockchain design demand, and has since been continuously involved in the cryptocurrency and NFT space.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF
BLOCKCHAIN & BANKNOTES

With hundreds of designs and artworks completed, the examples of completed projects and circulating products has grown too numerous to catalogue here. This video is intended as a brief introduction to the world of banknote design in the context of cryptocurrency...

THE BLOCKCHAIN BANKNOTE BOOK

What does it mean to design for cryptocurrency?

What does cryptocurrency say about our changing attitudes to money?

What is banknote design, and is it even important?

How are our values changing, and what is the future of money design?

The Bitcoin Banknote Project, in association with Independent Currencies, will release a book on the subject of banknote design and cryptocurrency. The book will detail of the brief history of banknote design in the context of cryptocurrency, and will include insights into design and the future of money.

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