In the past several decades, the governments of many nations have redesigned their paper currency to incorporate the use of attractive color schemes. This has been done mainly to achieve a greater level of security against counterfeiting, and the brilliant color combinations seen today in paper money is only part of an overall attempt to make paper money difficult to reproduce illegally. Very detailed construction of the printing templates is combined with the insertion of special watermarks and hidden thread weaves to produce a finished product that is unique to each country.
All of this is possible because of the advancements made in imaging and digital photography. These outstanding works of art are of course cash money, and whenever it becomes possible to create something newer and better than before, the realization is that the thieves and counterfeiters are only a step or two behind. All colorful currencies used around the world today have the same dual purpose, and that is to provide security while at the same time making the paper itself easily recognizable to the public.
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