The Banco de Mexico has announced the issuance of a new 20 Pesos banknote to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence. The new note went into circulation on 24 September 2021 and will circulate alongside the current 20 Pesos polymer note.

The commemorative banknote is manufactured on polymer substrate and measures 120 x 65 mm. It contains several interesting design and security features. 

Visual design features:

  • The back side of the note has a vertical orientation, as opposed to the traditional horizontal orientation of the front side.
  • The front of the note depicts the consummation of the historical process of the Independence of Mexico. It includes a fragment of an artistic work illustrating the entrance of the Ejército de las Tres Garantías on September 27, 1821.
  • The back side of the new banknote depicts a mangrove in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The animals associated with mangrove ecosystem—the crocodile and the chocolate heron—are also shown.

Upgraded security features:

  • Both the front and back sides are printed with fluorescent inks that glow (in three colors) when exposed to ultraviolet light.
  • A large, complex transparent window featuring two G-SWITCH™ inks. One ink shifts from gold to red, while the second ink changes from gold to green. The number 20 appears in the center.  
  • A secondary window is overprinted with VIGNETTE™ security feature, an alternative to a multi-tonal, mould-made watermark.
  • An integrated magnetic design in the shape of a flower.
  • Within the denomination numeral printed on the note are small, corresponding numbers which become visible and change color (from gold to jade} as the bill is tilted. (This feature is by SICPA Spark® Live.)
  • Tactile (touch-sensitive) lines and dots are incorporated along with the embossed feature for the visually impaired, printed over the smooth surface of the window.

Additional information on the new series of bicentennial Mexican banknotes, including the newly issued 20 pesos commemorative banknote, can be found here.


Bank of Mexico

Mexico Daily Post


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