When Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev used a gold piece gift to illustrate his country's demand for an international reserve currency other than the U.S. dollar, promoters of the "United Future World Currency - Eurodollar" could not have gotten better press.
The Russian president, who was given the piece along with each of the other G8 summit leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, would probably be surprised to learn that this new "test currency" is the creation of Sandro Sassoli and the Museo del Tempo, whose initial aim is to unite the United States of America with the United States of Europe, though it would also be open to other countries.
The piece given to the G8 leaders during the July 8-10 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, was designed by Luc Luycx, who also designed the common side of the euro coins.
It was struck by the Royal Mint of Belgium.
The test piece that proclaims "Unity in Diversity" is more or less intended as a place holder for a new currency that will be designed and named in a competition of children from 1,000 schools around the world.
The new currency, it was projected, is to undergo a public test run at the 2015 Milan, Italy, Universal Expo.