Sunday, December 14, 2008

Foreign exchange

This image was snatched opposite Trinity College. Clearly the proprietors weren't expecting to lose much money on the trade for Egyptian Pounds - but you never know! The symbolism of money is a bit mixed with debasement and counterfeiting a permanent problem. Celtic societies resisted coinage with ruinous consequences. In Ireland it was only in the 9th and 10th century and under Saxon pressure, that coinage replaced cattle as an exchange mechanism. Early coinage traditionally represented wealth with fineness in the finished appearance of the coin. Although some of the Euro coins are nicely designed, one could hardly say they were "fine". Certainly the five Euro note that went through the wash in the pocket of my jeans was fine no longer!