British Museum collections, £12.99
Height: 118.000 mm
Width: 71.500 mm
Gift of Helen Wang
Coins and Medals
Printed money envelope
Purchased in London, AD 1999
A calm sea and the wind in your sails
This envelope, with a colourful design on its front and a red background and reverse, is typical of the 1990s and early twenty-first century.
On the front is a traditional sailing boat, or junk, sailing on a calm sea with just a few clouds high in the sky. The four characters written on the main sail wish for 'the wind in your sails'. This phrase is used as a general wish for good luck, but is especially used to wish 'Bon Voyage' to someone setting out on a journey.
There are five other good luck wishes on the front, all presented as though stamped images from a carved seal. They wish for peace and calm, wind in your sails, a wonderful future, abundance and profit.