To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement (October 23, 1991 – October 23, 2021) Cambodia will begin circulating a new 30,000-Riel banknote. The commemorative note also celebrates the subsequent return of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk to Cambodia (November 14, 1991- November 14, 2021). The images on the note illustrate these important events in Cambodia’s history.

The National Bank of Cambodia will officially launch the unique commemorative banknote on 23 October 2021, although some sources report that it was in circulation as early as 18 October. It is the only Cambodian banknote in the 30,000-Riel denomination in circulation.

Banknote Industry News explains that the commemorative banknote is built up on a unique substrate – security feature concept. The substrate and security features include the following:

  • Durasafe® Composite substrate technology (two paper layers with a polymer core).
  • TRILUMIC®Hidden halftone design feature (this complex feature, realized on foil, reveals an extremely brilliant true colour halftone image under UV light).
  • MouveGSI (stands for movable uv element), GSI’s innovative traffic light for banknotes, making this the first banknote in the world to incorporate two fluorescent and one phosphorescent colour impressions in one security feature. The image on the back side of the note is printed in intaglio and uses a single ink, introduced by GSI just five months ago. The feature can be activated/checked by using standard conventional UV lamps (UV-A, UV-B or UV-C). The new security feature shows fluently merging colour impressions from red via orange or yellow to green when exposed to UV light.

 Sources/References:

Banknote Industry News

Khmer Times

Gleitsmann Security Inks (GSI)

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