‘Brighter Money’ NZ$5 on Guardian™ claims Banknote of the Year award
28 April 2016
Maastricht, The Netherlands - The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) has awarded the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) its prestigious Banknote of the Year 2015 award for the ‘Brighter Money’ $5 on Guardian™ polymer substrate. The announcement was made at the IBNS Committee Meeting on 9 April at the annual Maastricht Paper Money Fair.
It is the 12th consecutive year that the IBNS has granted this award, and the first time a banknote using Guardian™ polymer technology has been chosen. The winning note, which features legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and an advanced array of security features, was singled out for its superior design, technical sophistication and security. The society also praised the note’s stunning colours and “gorgeous polymer window”.
From all significantly new designed and widely circulated banknotes released in 2015, the IBNS membership nominated notes from a record 20 countries to place on the ballot. Nominees represented four continents (Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa), four Middle East countries, and four island nations.
On winning the award, RBNZ Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand said “We are proud of all of New Zealand’s new banknotes, but to have our $5 note recognised internationally is very special. The note incorporates some of the world’s most advanced security features, yet still beautifully showcases New Zealand’s history, culture and heritage. This win is a testament to the hard work and innovation by the Bank and its partners that has gone into developing the note.”
The principal security features across the banknote include the KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO™ foil patch by KURZ, which has been applied for the first time to the large clear Guardian™ window and features a fern and map of New Zealand, as well as SPARK™ Live by SICPA representing a penguin overprinted on one small window with a fern on the reverse, and double-sided intaglio.
Regarding the topic of collaboration, the Deputy Governor explained “It was challenging for [our partners] to make this project work, but they did and we were very pleased with the outcome. They were as keen to make it work as we were, and they saw the potential wider use and merit of this methodology.”
A full interview with Geoff Bascand on the outstanding outcomes achieved as a result of this collaboration will be published in the latest issue of SPECIMEN magazine, to be released at Banknote Conference in late May 2016.
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