Summary: Email claims that a series of attached images depict new US dollar notes, including a $200 bill, that are to be released by the US government in 2010 (Full commentary below).
Example:(Submitted, December 2009)
Subject: 2010 U.S. DOLLAR NOTE PREVIEW - FIRST CRACK
2010 new U. S. Dollars
Be the first to witness the new U.S. Dollars.
A $200 bill will start next year i.e. from 2010
Editor's Note: This email forward circulates with front and back images of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar notes as well as the $200 note images included above.
Images credit: Michael Tyznik
This email forward claims that a series of attached images that come with the message are a preview of new designs for US paper currency that will be released in 2010. The images, which consist of front and back views of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 dollar notes, depict a radically different design and appearance than the traditional US "greenback".
However, the images are not a preview of soon to be released dollar notes. Instead, they are one person's concept of a possible new design for future US currency. There are no official plans to actually issue such newly designed notes.
The images were created by graphic designer Michael Tyznik. The original images are available on Michael Tyznik's website and were also submitted as a contest entry on the Dollar ReDe$ign Project blog. In their original context, it was perfectly clear that the images represented only a possible design for dollar notes and there was no suggestion that they had been commissioned by the United States government or in any other way officially endorsed. Tyznik has added the following disclaimer on his website in an effort to dispel the false claims:
Note: Contrary to rumors circulating in chain emails, this design is not the work of or in any relation to the U.S. government. It was my entry to the Dollar Rede$ign contest and is purely speculative.
Apparently, out of misunderstanding or mischief, someone has taken the images out of their original context and relaunched them in the form of an email forward that falsely claims that the speculative designs will actually replace current US dollar designs in 2010.
Tysnik was just one of a number of designers who submitted new designs to the Dollar ReDe$ign Project.
Although the spreading of the hoax was certainly not the fault of Michael Tyznik, it is nevertheless a testament to his outstanding design skills that his dollar designs were good enough to fool so many recipients into believing that they were the real thing.