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Polish 20 Zloty Collectors’ Note Honors Historic Innovator

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The Central Bank of Poland recently issued a new banknote to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, a renowned Polish astronomer, doctor,...

History of the U.S. Passport: Part 2

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In this new series of articles, Tom Topol—passport expert, collector, and author of Let Pass or Die—chronicles the fascinating history of the U.S. Passport. The...

Physical & Behavioral Biometric Technologies: Part 5

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Although fingerprint recognition is one of the dominant biometric technologies available today, it is very important to take an objective view of it, from...

Fake & Forged ID Documents in the COVID Era

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The COVID pandemic limited and shut down business operations around the globe, yet criminals managed to perform dastardly deeds despite the challenges—including those who...

History of the U.S. Passport: Part 1

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In this new series of articles, Tom Topol—passport expert, collector, and author of Let Pass or Die—chronicles the fascinating history of the U.S. Passport....

Physical & Behavioral Biometric Technologies: Part 4

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The previous article in this series served as an introduction to fingerprint recognition. This article will delve into the quality control checks that are...

Counterfeit Euro Banknotes in the COVID Era

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The COVID pandemic may have curtailed or shut down business operations around the globe, but criminals managed to do their dirty work despite the...

Switzerland’s New Identity Card: Redesigned and More Secure

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Switzerland will begin issuing a new, more secure national identity card on March 3, 2023, just a few months after the launch of the...

Physical & Behavioral Biometric Technologies: Part 3

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So far, this series has provided an overview of physical and behavioral biometric technologies, as well as guidelines about which technology to use in...

Growth & Development of Holograms in 2023 Despite Challenges

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Commercial holograms will maintain robust growth in 2023 despite the global challenges, says Dr. Paul Dunn, chair of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA). Authentication...

LIVE BLOG: Oklahoma Mobile ID App Decommissioned and more news…

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To find news about a specific state, click on the state abbreviation here: For news about a specific US Territory, click on the US...

Greece Has Begun Issuing a New Generation Passport

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Greece has launched a New Generation Passport, with a new design and advanced security features. The Hellenic Police Headquarters, National Passport and Secure Document...

Solomon Islands’ Sophisticated New 50 & 100 Dollar Banknotes

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The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has issued new, upgraded $50 and $100 banknotes. The new notes have been in circulation since December 28, 2023. The traditions...

China’s 2024 Lunar New Year Commemorative Banknote

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In preparation for the 2024 Lunar New Year on February 10th, The People’s Bank of China began issuing new 20 Yuan commemorative banknotes last...

The Rarest Passports of the Modern Era

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As headline news highlights the world’s most powerful passports, two passports quietly exist as the world’s rarest passports: the diplomatic and service passports of...