The nominations for the International Banknote Society’s Banknote of the Year 2019 have closed.
The winner will be decided by a vote of the IBNS, who will consider the artistic merit, design, use of colour, contrast, balance, and security features of each nomination.
The winner will be announced in April 2020.
The IBNS Banknote of the Year award is an initiative to recognise an exceptional banknote issued each year.
Banknotes nominated by members must have been issued to the public (specimens and non-circulating currencies are ineligible) for the first time during the year of the award, and must have artistic merit and/or innovative security features, and be in general circulation.
Canada won last year’s Banknote of the Year award with its 10-dollar note.
It incorporated the latest in technological standards, the bold security features are easy to check and difficult to counterfeit.
The face of the note features the portrait of social justice icon Viola Desmond.
The back depicts the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The nominations received for Banknote of 2019 are:
Northern Ireland’s 5 Pound (Ulster Bank) Note
English text; a flock of flying Brent Geese; Strangford Lough in County Down; flowers; RBS Group logo in green-to-blue SPARK Orbital.
English text; a flock of flying Brent Geese; small boat in Strangford Lough; map; people and dog along shoreline; king scallop.
Switzerland’s 1,000 Franc Note
French, German, Italian, and Romansch text; Swiss cross; human hands shaking; multicolor Swiss cross as registration device; phonetic alphabet over globe in gold SPARK.
French, German, Italian, and Romansch text; parliament; abstract design of open network.
Aruba’s 100 Florin Note
Dutch text; bird head OVI; Iguana iguana (iguana); Anolis lineatus (striped anole) lizard; Aloe barbadensis (aloe) plant.
Dutch text; dancing women with ribbons; iguana.
European Union’s 200 Euro Note
Flag; iron and glass architecture.
Norway’s 1,000 Kroner Note
Norwegian text; SPARK Orbital rectangle; large wave breaking at sea.
Norwegian text; horizon (pixel motif); 20.
Georgia’s 10 Lari Note
English and Georgian text; denomination as registration device; swallow bird in flight; gold-to-green blossom SPARK feature; blossoming branch; handwritten poem, “Spring;” poet Akaki Tsereteli.
English and Georgian text; woman with ball of yarn from artist David Kakabadze’s painting, “Imereti – Mother of Mine;” coat of arms.
Kenya’s 500 Shilling Note
English and Kiswahili text; coat of arms; flying dove as registration device; Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi with seated Kenyatta statue and tower and amphitheater buildings; Mount Kenya; bank monogram as registration device; lion.
English and Kiswahili text; palm trees, elephants, and giraffes in Maasai Mara park; lion head; flying dove.
Eastern Caribbean States 10 Dollar Note
English text; fish; sea turtle; green-throated carib bird and flowers; Queen Elizabeth II wearing Grand Duchess Vladimir’s tiara and Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee necklace; Central Bank headquarters building.
English text; Admiralty Bay in St. Vincent & The Grenadines; map of islands; The Warspite schooner in Anguilla; brown pelican.
Singapore’s 20 Dollar Note
English text; coat of arms; former Supreme Court and City Hall (now National Gallery Singapore); Yusof bin Ishak.
English text; present-day Singapore with Singapore River flowing into old Singapore waterfront; Munshi Abdullah, Henry Nicholas Ridley, Tan Kah Kee, P. Govindasamy Pillai, Teresa Hsu Chih, Alice Pennefather, Adnan Saidi, Ruth Wong Hie King.
Trinidad & Tobago’s 100 Dollar Note
English text; bird of paradise on branch; coat of arms; flag.
English text; bird of paradise; Eric Williams Financial Complex in Port of Spain; BP Trinidad & Tobago’s Juniper off-shore oil platform.
Bahamas 50 Dollar Note
English text; sand dollar as registration device; Parliament House; map; frangipani flower; flying bird in SPARK Orbital OVI; Roland T. Symonette.
English text; coat of arms; Central Bank building headquarters in Nassau with flags and palm trees; sand dollar.
Samoa’s 10 Tala Note
English and Samoan text; Pacific Games logo; athletes competing in boat racing, weight lifting, and rugby.
English and Samoan text; young boys paddling canoes, carrying coconuts, and playing rugby on beach with coconut.
Macau’s 20 Patacas Note
Chinese and Portuguese text; lotus flower as registration device; bank logo; Lotus Flower In Full Bloom bronze sculpture in Golden Lotus Square, Sé; Banco da China headquarters building in Macau.
Chinese and Portuguese text; Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge; lotus flower; bank logo.
Albania’s 5,000 Leke note
Albanian text; Skenderbeu (Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg); outline of Bank of Albania building; coat of arms as registration device; helmet in OVI.
Albanian text; coat of arms; Skenderbeu on equestrian statue by Odhise Paskali; helmet; Kruja Castle.
Cambodia’s 15,000 Riel
Khmer text; naga, mythical snake; King Norodom Sihamoni.
English and Khmer text; King Father Norodom Sihanouk, King Norodom Sihamoni, and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk at 2004 coronation; Win-Win monument in Phnom Penh; three-headed elephant carrying a garuda bearing a swan.
Australia’s 20 Dollar Note
English text; Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); Acacia buxifolia wattle; Mary Reibey, businesswoman; Port Jackson schooner and traditional Eora nowie (canoe) in Sydney Cove in the early 1800s; compass.
English text; RFDS De Havilland aircraft leaving a remote Broken Hill homestead in 1948; compass; Reverend John Flynn; pedal-powered generator for wireless radio.
Hong Kong’s 100 Dollar (Bank of China) Note
Chinese and English text; Bank of China building in Beijing; BOC logo; Bauhinia flower; denomination as registration device; stringed musical instrument (yue qin) with 100 in green SPARK Orbital.
Chinese and English text; woman in traditional costume with paper fan.
Ukraine’s 1000 Hryvnia Note
Ukrainian text; denomination as registration device; Volodymyr Vernadskyi, coat of arms; floral shape in gold-to-green SPARK.
Ukrainian text; Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
India’s 20 Rupee Note
Denomination as registration device; Mahatma Gandhi; RBI seal with tiger and palm tree; lion capital of Ashoka pillar.
Swachh Bharat logo (Gandhi’s eyeglasses); language panel; Ellora Caves.
Northern Ireland’s 5 Pound (Bank of Ireland) Note
English text; bank seal with seated woman; coats of arms of Northern Ireland counties (Tyrone, Antrim, Down, Londonderry, Armagh, Fermanagh); chevron; flower in green SPARK; Medusa head.
English text; Medusa head; Old Bushmill’s Distillery, Co.
Morroco’s 20 Dirhams Note
Arabic text; King Mohammed VI; coat of arms.
French text; Al Buraq high-speed train; Mohammed VI bridge; NOOR 3 solar power plant in Ouarzazate; Mohammed VI satellite.