After deciding on a set of basic characteristics for our new paper currency, we constructed a series of prototypes. The following sequence of images demonstrates the developmental process that ultimately led to the "look" of our proposed bill.

The first image includes our most basic design features; the colored background consists of a light aqua with varying shades of blue and green at the top and bottom. The bill's denomination is clearly visible at the corners, with a placeholder for the denomination at the center. We also included representative text for "The United States of America" towards the top of the bill, and "One Dollar," below. To the left are a seal, serial numbers, and signatures. On the opposite side resides a presidential portrait.

In the second image, we moved the easily-readable central denomination and portrat closer together. The background pattern extends across the bill, covering its entire face, save for a border. The five dollar bill is in a warmer color than a single might be, to signify its importance over the single and to allow people to easily distinguish between the two.

The third image introduces an American flag background that appears in the finished product as a watermark. At this point, we begin to place the portrait within a traditional oval-shape. In keeping with our basic design philosophy, the denominations are in a plain sans-serif font, residing at the corners and the center of the bill.

The fourth and final prototype includes a portrait of Benjamin Franklin over an embossed background. Placed surreptitiously within this background is our security feature, the Mickey Mouse. The corners are darkened to seperate the denominations from the rest of the bill in what would become known as the, "Desk Blotter" look.

And finally this is what the new currency will look like:

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