Outstanding technical excellence in the design and security of new banknotes has been recognised by a series of awards.

The awards formed part of the industry’s High Security Printing Asia Conference held recently in Yokohama, Japan.

According to Reconnaissance International and the High Security Asia, these awards recognise the highest levels of achievement in three categories: Best New Series, Best New Banknote, and Best New Commemorative Banknote.

Best New Series
The Bank of Papua New Guinea’s new kina series won the accolade for the Best New Series, reflecting the country’s commitment to improve the quality of its currency in the face of one of the toughest environments in the world for circulating notes.

On the new 100 kina (B160a), the images on the reverse denote transport and communications, and includes the SPARK® Live TRUSPIN feature – the first time in a polymer note – integrated into the window and viewable on both sides of the window in reflection and transmission, each providing different visual effects. All the notes are produced on Guardian® polymer substrate with a window with the colour changing G-switch™ feature, IRIswitch™ and OVI® among other security features.

The newly updated polymer based is in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 kina and all feature the National Parliament building in Port Moresby on the front, with different cultural themes and artefacts emblematic of the life and history of Papua New Guinea and its myriad traditional cultures on the reverse.

Best New Banknote
The 15,000 ormnote issued by the National Bank of Cambodia to mark the anniversary of the King of Cambodia, HM Norodom Sihamoni secured the Best New Banknote at HSP Asia.

Designed with social responsibility in mind, the 15,000 riel note also has several highly tactile elements to facilitate recognition and authentication by the visually-impaired.

The note symbolises the importance of the king, as the focal point of the whole royal household, for the newly reborn unity of the Cambodian people following decades of civil war and unrest.

The Best New Commemorative Banknote
This accolade went to the Monetary Authority of Macau for its commemorative 20 patacas banknote, which was issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to China.

The main security features include a watermark (of the lotus flower), machine-readable colour shifting thread, SPARK® Live in the denomination numeral, IR and micro-perforation.

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