Armenian Currency Design

This project entailed redesigning Armenian currency with a modern touch while incorporating aspects of the country’s culture and history. The currency, called the dram, comes in notes of thousands, and for this project we chose to redesign the 5,000, 20,000, and 100,000 notes.

The color of each note was determined by the fruit used in each. Grapes, apricots, and pomegranates, which are the most meaningful fruits in Armenian culture, constitute the colors purple, orange, and pink, respectively. The back side of all three notes contain the Armenian alphabet along with Mt. Ararat (which is also on the Coat of Arms of Armenia), watermarks, security codes, and financial institution information. The front side of each note contains an image of a historical piece of architecture in the background, with a white graphic of a more modern piece of architecture in the foreground. The notes accurately depict Armenia during these extraordinary times of youth and modernity intersecting with tradition and historical culture.

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