For her MA degree project at the University of West Hungary, Budapest-based graphic designer Barbara Bernát designed a set of fictional banknotes of the Hungarian euro. The common side of each note features european animals, the other side shows related species of plants. She used the original proportions of the existing euro banknote for her design, as the denomination increases, the size of each banknote is growing. The animals also represent the growth of value.


Barbara designed and prepared five denomations of ten etchings, all etched in separate copperplates. This subtle and refined form of reproduction enabled her to imitate the original technique used during the production of banknotes, intaglio printing. Her goal was to create a complete series with clear design, that transcends the tradition of banknote making.

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