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Constitutional Money No Inflation

Constitutional Money No Inflation Smiley Button Museum
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Yellow background, black smiley in middle with black block text along top and bottom edge

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Constitutional money refers to what is described in the USA Constitution which states that the only legal tender for currency are gold and silver coins. Paper money cannot be used as a means to payback pre-existing debts. The government cannot simply print money on demand when needed as this causes inflation, the more money printed, the more taxes rise, the more prices in general rise.

The classic yellow smiley face is comprised of a yellow circle, two black dots for eyes, and a black arc ending in serifs for a mouth. It was designed in 1963 by commercial artist, Harvey Ross Ball. Ball was commissioned by The State Mutual Life Insurance Company to create a happy face to raise the morale of their employees. His version was created in 10 minutes. The design was printed onto more than 50 million buttons. Neither Ball nor the company copyrighted this smiley, so it was continually used by other businesses in their promotions.
The design and concept is quite simple and was definitely used before Ball’s 1963 version. However, his has become the most iconic. Variations have been used for advertising campaigns and in popular culture ever since.


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