The US treasury secretary's signature was unfit to print on currency


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that’s stupid. If that’s the way the man signs his names, that’s his signature.

Not that any of it really matters anymore…


Take note doctors, the bar for unintelligible signatures has just been raised.


Hes worse than me. I at least draw the “S” in my name before scribbling.

That’s a masterpiece of legibility compared to mine.

I used to have college professors tell me, “I can always tell your signature because it’s the one I can’t read.”

When it’s that distinctive it doesn’t need to be legible.


I’m just trying to figure out how you get eight or nine loops (it’s not clear with the first one) from “Jack Lew.” My signature is similarly incomprehensible, but I can trace how I came to do it that way; one of my initials closely resembles its Greek letter counterpart, which I more-or-less did deliberately as a teenager and stuck with since then.


My signature has deteriorated over the years until it is now just a single letter followed by a random number of loops, decreasing in size and heavily overlapping at the end.


Signing all the currency is arguably one of the more dull parts of the job and was the central bank’s main argument against quantitative easing.


I was gonna say, “you try signing 6.2 billion notes a year and see how good your handwriting looks at the end of the day.”


I am impressed: you may not be able to make out specific letters in my signature, but my scribble isn’t aggressively not possibly definable as related to any letters in my name.

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[quote=“frauenfelder, post:1, topic:49512”]in order not to debase our currency[/quote]He’s saying that certain things shouldn’t be debased? You just know some folks are going to regard that as setting a very dangerous precedent.

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Pshaw. He’s a piker. My wife’s signature is far more illegible, and in addition it keeps changing. Periodically she has to come down to the credit union to assure them that yes, she really did sign that check with an illegible squiggle differing from the illegible squiggle they have on file for her.

Imagine the fun if the US banknotes had 10 or 12 different illegible Treasury signatures! It could be a government money-raiser - collect 'em all!


I think we can expect the conspiracy theorists to be all over that statement in a few, trying to find the hidden meaning and probably ending by demanding that the GOP require the government to promptly begin debasing the US currency.

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Signatures as visually representative of one’s name are not a universal concept. I knew someone from Chile whose signature was a complex, abstract scrawl, but the same scrawl every time. He explained that it was more important that his signature be difficult to copy than to resemble his actual name.



I’m actually impressed. The original signature just like a completely-arbitrary series of loops. But when you see the “legible” signature there are clear parallels – the series of loops definitely evolved from a earlier ancestor that was legible.

That’s how my wife signs for her credit cards, except there’s an accent at the end.

I wanna grow
grow up to be
be a debaser

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When I read ‘unfit to print’, I was expecting something more like this:


His name. It is zero in both binary and hex.

And 8 zeros in english.