However, it's worth noting that it's not just Christian prophecy-watchers and so-called "conspiracy nuts" who have long been watching for the emergence of a world currency. Twenty-one years ago, The Economist magazine spoke of the coming world currency, which they named "the phoenix".
To the skeptics, all this talk of a coming new world order, one world government, and the Antichrist all sounds like silly talk. I'm sure when Noah warned the world of the flood to come, that sounded like silly talk too.
... until the rain started to fall.
COVER: "GET READY FOR A WORLD CURRENCY"
Title of article: Get Ready for the Phoenix
Source: Economist; 01/9/88, Vol. 306, pp 9-10
From the article:
"THIRTY years from now, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency. Prices will be quoted not in dollars, yen or D-marks but in, let's say, the phoenix. The phoenix will be favoured by companies and shoppers because it will be more convenient than today's national currencies, which by then will seem a quaint cause of much disruption to economic life in the last twentieth century.
At the beginning of 1988 this appears an outlandish prediction. Proposals for eventual monetary union proliferated five and ten years ago, but they hardly envisaged the setbacks of 1987."
(Note: the writer is apparently referring here to the events related to October 19, 1987 -- often referred to as "Black Monday"-- when stock markets crashed in the U.S. and around the world, shedding a huge value in a very short time.)
" As the next century approaches, the natural forces that are pushing the world towards economic integration will offer governments a broad choice. They can go with the flow, or they can build barricades. Preparing the way for the phoenix will mean fewer pretended agreements on policy and more real ones. It will mean allowing and then actively promoting the private-sector use of an international money alongside existing national monies. That would let people vote with their wallets for the eventual move to full currency union. The phoenix would probably start as a cocktail of national currencies, just as the Special Drawing Right is today. In time, though, its value against national currencies would cease to matter, because people would choose it for its convenience and the stability of its purchasing power."
Full article here.