Money occasionally makes its way onto flags, as a promotion for a particular currency, a political statement, a commemoration of a ransom, or as a design exercise. For examples of all of these possibilities, see below.
The Bitcoin flag destined for the summit of Mt. Everest. Photo by Allex Ferreira, from cryptohoot.com.
Money in Politics, flag art by Victor Hugo Hernandez ( www.vicodesigns.com).
Graphic used by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School to illustrate “News Analysis: Tea Party Outraised in Primaries” in their newsletter of 2 May 2014.
USA Money Flag I, flag art by Judy Rey Wasserman ( www.ungravenimage.com). The flag “is created using strokes that are the original letters of Exodus 20, plus Leviticus 19 for the portrait of Alexander Hamilton and Proverbs 13 for the portrait of Benjamin Franklin…. [and] visually explores and represents the current focus, problems and even dilemmas that face the USA as we continue to create a unique national identity during the ongoing recession and money problems that include the bailouts, unemployment, fraudulent practices by many of its major banks in relation to foreclosures and mortgage securities.”
Sign of the Dollar flag by Richard R. Gideon. “Inspired by Ayn Rand’s ‘ATLAS SHRUGGED,’ a tribute to ECONOMIC FREEDOM and INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.” Gideon manufactures and sells this flag on his website, www.gideonflags.com.
Dollar Sign Flag used to promote the movie The Wolf of Wall Street in the UK. From thewolfofwallstreetuk.tumblr.com.
Redditor “Vexy” created this combination of the flag of Lebanon and the international currency symbol. It was in response to the challenge: design a flag for a country based off of its largest industry. (Lebanon’s is banking.)
Another entry by Vexy to the same Reddit contest: a combination of the flag of the Isle of Man (with its famous triskelion) and the dollar sign. (Man’s largest industry is financial services.)
Flag of the Duke of Cornwall. The 15 gold circles (“roundels”) represent the 15 gold coins, known as Cornish bezants, which the people of Cornwall contributed to ransom their duke, Richard the Lionheart, when he was imprisoned in Austria and Germany 1192-1194 during the Crusades. (It’s unclear what sum, if any, the present Cornish population would pay for the return of their current duke, Prince Charles, should he be held for ransom.)