A piece of ‘Hell Money’ from The X-Files season three episode ‘Hell Money’.
The popular sci-fi TV series follows two FBI agents, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), as they investigate unexplained paranormal phenomena. In ‘Hell Money’ Mulder and Scully must investigate a deadly lottery being run by the Triads in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
In the episode, Mulder and Scully found burnt hell money at the scene of a murder in which a man - Johnny Lo (Derek Lowe) - was burned alive in a disused crematorium oven.
Made for the production, this note and others like it were designed to resemble ‘hell money’, large denominations of symbolic counterfeit currency printed on joss paper which are burned as a spiritual offering to ease their ancestors’ financial burdens. This practice exists today in several Asian countries.
The note is printed on joss paper and features the words ‘Hell Bank Note’ and ‘Ten Thousand Dollars’ on both sides, as well as the denomination and some Chinese symbols. It remains in excellent condition.
Item size - 6.3" x 2.76" x 0.04" (16cm x 7cm x 0.1cm)
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