I very much welcome both the long-overdue recognition of an important writer and the role Cumbria is playing in modernising the British currency.
However, I think that another piece of news which I saw this week in the New York Times about money may have much more long term significance.
Paul Muzur has written that "In urban China, cash is rapidly becoming obsolete" and so are credit cards.
The article begins as follows
"There is an audacious economic phenomenon happening in China.
Writing as an economist, the potential economic significance of this goes WAY beyond what we may all find ourselves carrying to pay our bills.
Now I don't go all the way with those who believe that "fiat money" created by banks is a great disaster for our economy.
But they are absolutely right that through the change from a system where most transactions were carried out with notes and coin to one in which most are carried out by changing numbers in bank accounts, vast amounts of spendable money were created. It is also the case that poor regulation of that money can have serious consequences not just for first financial markets and then property markets but also for the whole of the rest of the economy.
There is similarly the potential for the creation of a system where most transactions are carried out using smartphones to create vast amounts of spendable money. If the companies who are doing it, and the financial regulators, are not on the ball about the consequences and the need to make sure that money is properly secured, the results could be 2007 all over again.
This should not be taken as a prophesy of doom. Most innovations have the capacity to bring great good if managed well, but harm if managed badly. The use of phones to pay many of people's bills is certainly an example.
I'm just suggesting we try to ensure that we take advantage of the early warning which has been provided because we have seen this happen first in China to be ready for it, and to have the right regulatory and corporate protection in place to go down a sound track if and when this happens in the West, not a risky one.