GUARDIAN™️ Banknotes Recognised at High Security Printing Awards

Six of the eight winning banknotes in the 2021 High Security Printing Awards are printed on CCL Secure’s GUARDIAN™ polymer substrate.

The prestigious Regional Banknote and ID Document of the Year Awards 2021 – to give the awards their full title – were held online this year because of COVID restrictions.

Award organisers Reconnaissance say that the awards recognise “outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series”. The winning banknotes involving CCL Secure GUARDIAN are the Reserve Bank of Australia’s new $100 note; the Bank of England’s new £50 note, the Bank of Namibia’s $30 commemorative note, the Central Bank of Costa Rica’s complete family of banknotes – including the new 20,000 colones note, and Banco de Mexico’s commemorative 20 pesos note.

“We’re delighted to have worked so closely with all of the winning banks and their printers on these notes,” says Dr. Tim Berridge, CCL Secure’s Director of R&D, Marketing and Design. “In many cases, we were deeply involved in both the design and the provision of our bank-grade GUARDIAN polymer substrate. The fact that we are part of the award-winning team for six out of eight of the awards is a reflection of the continuing strength of CCL Secure in polymer banknote technologies.”

The awards are run by Reconnaissance, with final selection carried out by and independent judging panel that includes recently retired experts from issuing authorities and printworks around the world. CCL Secure’s GUARDIAN, the world’s leading polymer substrate, is currently used in over 75 billion banknotes worldwide.


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