How to Draw a Stack of Money

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What makes paper money so valuable? At one time, items were used as money because of their actual value. For example, a coin was made of gold, and its worth was dependent on the weight of the gold.

Later, banks developed in which you could place your valuables for safekeeping. In return, you would receive a receipt that could be redeemed for valuable commodities.

This was called "representative money." The paper money represented, for example, real gold or silver that was held in the bank. People would often trade these notes for other items.

The first paper money of this kind developed in China during the eleventh century. Similar banknotes came to be used in Europe by the 1600s, and paper money that was redeemable for fixed amounts of gold became the standard in most countries by 1900.

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Today, though, most paper money is not backed by gold in the bank. Instead, it is called "fiat money" - it has value because the issuing government says it does, and users agree on the value. The value of money today is simply that you can exchange it for desired goods.

Money is also used as a symbol in art and popular culture. Its green color is often associated with greed. It is also a symbol of success; stacks of money may be used to represent wealth that often comes with the careers of doctors, lawyers, sports stars, and musicians.

Would you like to draw a valuable stack of money? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Stack of Money

How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a rectangle. It should have rounded corners and be placed on a diagonal slant. This outlines the top dollar bill in the stack of money.

How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 2

2. Extend a short line from just below two of the rectangle's corners. Use two straight lines to connect the short lines, outlining another bill, its lines parallel to the first. Repeat this to form a third bill beneath the first two - extend two short lines, then connect them using longer straight lines.

How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 3

3. Extend short lines from just below the corners of the bills, and connect them using long straight lines. This forms the fourth bill.

How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 4

4. Repeat this process - two short lines connected by two longer lines, parallel to the original bills - two more times for a total of six bills.


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How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 5

5. Next, draw the currency strap, also called the currency band or bill strap. Draw a pair of parallel lines across the top of the bills. Then, continue the lines down the side of the bills. This paper band keeps the money together and in place.

How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 6

6. Erase guide lines from the currency strap. Notice that the line remains where the strap bends.

How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 7

7. Enclose a rectangle within the face of the top bill.

How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 8

8. Within the rectangle, enclose another shape. Draw four straight lines parallel to the rectangle, as if they too were forming a rectangle; however, don't connect the corners. Then, connect each line with a short, curved line to form a fancy pattern.


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How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 9

9. Draw a money sign, "$," like a letter "S" with a line through it, on the top of the currency strap.

How to Draw Stack of Money: Step 10

Color your stack of money. In the United States, paper money is in various shades of green, but in other countries, money may come in many colors. These include pink, orange, blue, and red.

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