Not Worth the Paper It’s Printed On

Hemp Paper

The first $10 bill produced by the Federal Reserve Bank in 1914 was printed on hemp fiber. The certificate was convertible for gold in any Federal Reserve Bank across the country.

The Gold Standard ended in 1971 under the Nixon Administration, the same year of the beginning of the War On Drugs. This ended hemp production which wouldn’t be relegalised again until 2018 with the Hemp Farming Act.

This piece is made using green markers on hemp paper purchased in an art shop in Lisbon sourced from Germany.

The paper is 60% hemp and 40% cotton.