The Bristol Pound is the first city wide currency in the UK. In a world that is focused on international markets, local economies can get overlooked. The answer in Bristol it seems is to create a local currency that would support local businesses which means shopping locally really is nurturing the local economy.
The value of the Bristol pound is the same as sterling but you won’t find a monarch in sight as the designs that adorn this local currency have a far more contextual edge.Below are images of the current Bristol currency in circulation. You will notice that these are a lot more aesthetically beautiful than regular sterling, that pale in comparison. And a one-pound note is something pretty special. The currency has been designed by local designers, artists and with images of prominent Bristolians such a Hannah More. Every February, the Bristol pounds opens a competition for individuals to submit their design for the next series of currency that will be printed for the forthcoming year.
The Bristol pound can be purchased in a number of local venues across Bristol or from the Bristol pound website. You can also open a Bristol pound account which means you can use the pound electronically, via your phone-sophisticated!
In response to my Tweet on the beautiful Bristol pound notes, one commentator bought up the subject of elitism within the concept of money:
While @matslats sentiments might hold true it is a curious question, what is the modern alternative to money?
Bitcoin? Can you make a suggestion readers?
A news link about the pound.