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Battlestar Galactica Currency by vectorgeek Battlestar Galactica Currency by vectorgeek
I love making currency. I just really like all the patterns I can make in Illustrator so this idea popped into my head. I'm glad it did.

(EDIT 1: I had to make some changes. First I got my mythology mixed up. It should be the Arrow of Apollo, not Athena. Second I changed a few of the fonts because I didn't have licenses for them.)

(EDIT 2: I updated the arrow art to reflect a more accurate version and some other minor tweaks.
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atmarj2 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
How do you create all the different background patterns? I can never get them right when doing currencies.
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thinker800 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
wow this is really good. 
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Even after looking at it this long, I think to myself, "Dayum! that is pretty good."
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The5thBender Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Awesome!!! Love it
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ECTO-DMC Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Love it
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:iconvectorgeek:
vectorgeek Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Steel-and-Brick Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Photographer
What a classy design! I really like the selection of hues, and how they combine in the work overall.

I wonder, have you possibly thought of ever exhibiting at a scifi convention? I'd think that that kind of stylish work, on a good paperstock, could be pretty popular....
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! As much as I like to exhibit these I do them more as fan art since I don't own the rights to the original concept or logos.
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RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You forgot one thing: "This note is legal tender for all debts public and private"
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:iconvectorgeek:
vectorgeek Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL! Too bad it isn't. ;-)
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RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True.
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SaturnLeia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Could I print this to use as drink tickets for a geek bellydance show in Chicago? I'll credit you on the programs. ([link])
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:iconvectorgeek:
vectorgeek Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure I don't have a problem with that as long as you aren't printing a bunch of them to sell. Thanks for asking!
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zeno333 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I LOVE currency artwork. (I have a high res scan of the 1896 $5 dollar Education US Note in my profile.) Your hypothetical note here is very well done. Excellent work.
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Now that is some beautiful currency! Thanks for the nice comments on my work.
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StareOfDeathplz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
But I thought that in the BSG universe there were no rectangles? More of rectangles with their corners chopped off, so they were more of a weird octagon.

So....therefore this must be counterfeit! Gasp!

Lol, just kidding.
It's perfect, looks very realistic...
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
LOL! Thanks.
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l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks pretty realistic.
Watermark: check
Hologram security stripe: check
Prismatic printing: check (Look on back)
Red and blue fiber security paper: check
Serial numbers: check
Complex guilloche patterns: check

Yep all you need now is the resources to print them and you have a counterfeit proof banknote.
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If only Cubits were worth something... ;)
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Vert8472 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
BSG= Monnies

so true
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:iconvectorgeek:
vectorgeek Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL!
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Vert8472 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
bsg took my monies
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idaft Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
This is awesome!
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:iconvectorgeek:
vectorgeek Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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janesthlm Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
very interesting. I made a similar currency based on your work (but on a game rather than a tv-show). As creds for inspiration I added you name+link incase anyone wants to see where I got it from. But if you object i'll have it removed immediately.
[link]

It's not anywhere near as good as yours but I had fun doing mine
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work. I don't mind at all. Thanks for the linkage. :)
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SantaFlan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
I really like it! I don't recall seeing paper money though.
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The money in the show was different but they did use it while playing cards and a couple of other scenes including the one where Helo and Boomer rescue Baltar after earth is nuked. I just made a unique design I thought I'd like.
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SantaFlan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Well it's definitely very well done!
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Hummakavuula Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
That is one of the most unique peices I've seen in quite a while...Love it ! :)
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. They were so fun to create.
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florisg Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
hi, sorry for my english.
I'm working in a project about currency, engravers, guilloches. IĄd like to know wicht tutorial from computer arts you've tried. I work with Ps and Illustrator cs5 mac 0s and i couldn't find any plugin (free) or tutorial that could help me with this kind of stuff. I'd really apreciated any kind of help. Thanks, i'm a graphic designer from Argentina.
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The halftone engraved tutorial is here: [link] but I ended up using a plugin for the engraved portraits called Cutline from Andromeda Software: [link]

As far as the artwork for the Battlestar Galactica currency front I didn't use any plugins. It's done with some custom brushes I made and simple blends and zig-zag effects in Adobe Illustrator. All of it except the battleship is hand drawn in Illustrator.
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florisg Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
thank you very much. regards, Flor
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Ceeyore Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Beautiful :)
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:iconvectorgeek:
vectorgeek Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much.
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base113 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Amazing detail.
The overall design is just great.
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the nice comments.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Too Cool!!! :) The detail is top notch!!! :)
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
You're welcome!! :)
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CrappyPilot Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it!
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:iconvectorgeek:
vectorgeek Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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prewarmadness Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009   Writer
AWESOME!
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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mmustangg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
Why this doesn't have 95 pages of comments is beyond me! One of the coolest things I have seen on DA!
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. It was a blast to make.
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:iconmmustangg:
mmustangg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
You are welcome. I would love to see how you turned the photo into an engraving. Where's that tutorial you were talking about?
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shindy89 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
madass! i love it!
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vectorgeek Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You!
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