Libra’s Ship Is Sinking as Multiple Major Partners Abandon Facebook’s Troubled Cryptocurrency

Following the departure of PayPal from Facebook’s Libra project – a cryptocurrency that promises to “reinvent money” and “transform the global economy” – a new wave of departures has rocked the platform as eBay, Stripe, Visa and Mastercard have all announced that they are abandoning ship. Read More >>

Government’s Crypto Taskforce Warns of Valueless Money Traps

A particularly nerdy part of the government whose members' business cards say "Crypto Assets Taskforce" has been pondering what to do about the appearance of virtual money types, including the cryptocurrencies that every corner shop is now encouraging people to subscribe to and pay with. In short, current advice is be careful, and don't expect any money you put in to ever come out again in a recognisable, spendable form. Read More >>

We Get to Pick Who’s On the New £50 Note

The Treasury has announced that the £50 note, beloved of forgers and ballers, will be going polymer like the others – and we get to pick who's on the new one. Read More >>

Huge Payment Processor Stripe Is Bailing on Bitcoin

In addition to providing a payments platform for big clients like Lyft, Facebook, and Target, Stripe has been supportive of cryptocurrencies for several years. On Tuesday, Stripe reiterated its support for a viable digital currency, but said that bitcoin just isn’t cutting it. Going forward, Stripe will no longer accept bitcoin as a payment method. Read More >>

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Watch the Most Patient Person on Earth Reconstruct Shredded Money Using Tweezers

Do you love puzzles? Probably not as much as conceptual artist Martin John Callanan does. This mind-numbing, 11-minute timelapse shows him spending an entire work day painstakingly reassembling a five-pound mis-printed note that the Bank of England shredded to tiny bits. Read More >>

Liverpool’s Own Digital Currency Keeps Banks Out of the Loop

Local currency expert Colu is trying to kick the banks out of small communities and businesses across the country, with its app-only digital currency popping up all over the place -- and in the form of the hyperlocal Local Pound Liverpool. Read More >>

There Are Faulty New Pounds In Circulation, Mint Admits

The new pound was described as "the most secure coin in the world" when it was released in March this year, but the Royal Mint has now admitted that some are faulty. Read More >>

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Watch This Talented Carver Turn a Lincoln Penny Into a Morbid Masterpiece

Michelangelo’s David is undoubtedly a masterpiece, but would the artist have been as adept with a chisel were he working on a tiny copper penny instead of a giant slab of marble? Using a magnifying scope, artist Shaun Hughes managed to skillfully turn Lincoln’s head into a remarkably detailed skull. Read More >>

Canada’s Money Is Made of Meat Too

Earlier today we noted the recent outcry in Britain over the country’s new £5 note, which is made using a small amount of animal fat. But we Brits aren’t the only ones with meat money. Canada’s bank notes have tallow as well. Read More >>

Four Fake Currencies That Changed the Course of Real Wars

At the tail end of his time as Commander of US Forces Afghanistan, General David Petraeus commented that "money is my most important ammunition in this war." It was far from an original thought. In fact, you could argue that currency is the most important and least acknowledged wartime weapon. Read More >>

Here’s the Reason Why You Can’t Photocopy Money

If you have ever attempted a life as a counterfeiter, or done a stupid school project where you tried to print your own money, you already know this: you can’t make a proper copy of any type of paper money, no matter the denomination. So, as we in Britain welcome the new style plastic £5 note, which is apparently harder than ever to fake, let's take a quick look back at this clever tech. Read More >>

This Season’s Hottest Dadjoke: Become a Trillionaire for a Few Quid on eBay

Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe has caused that country’s currency to be worth virtually nothing. So the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is ditching their local currency in favour of US dollars. Soon Zimbabwe’s cash will be used only in the American dadjoke economy, where being a trillionaire and meaning it is the height of comedy. Read More >>

These Dollar Bill Concepts are Better Than the Real Thing

While US currency does change a little on occasion, the basic design of the notes has stayed fairly constant: green/black background, a portrait on one side, and a pretty picture on the other. These concepts take that classic design, and turn it on its head. Read More >>

Google Now Does Real-Time Bitcoin Conversions

Google's live currency conversions now tell you what your cash is worth in bitcoin. Read More >>