Over a millennia, there have been many currency systems that offer a viable alternative to the dominant national legal tender. The very act of instituting an alternative currency is a healthy challenge to the current financial hegemony.

Alternative currencies commonly emerge during moments of social turmoil where communities are forced to use their creativity to redefine ideas of value and trust and design skills to create new visual expressions of currency.

A collection of 853 alternative bank notes and coins from the 1300s to today