House note launched at HSP, celebrates 30 years of Guardian
11 December 2019
CCL Secure Design Manager, Bradley Booth, took to the stage at the High Security Printing (HSP) Asia conference to unveil a special Guardian note celebrating the substrate’s 30-year history, produced jointly with Note Printing Australia.
Along with Note Printing Australia’s Head of Marketing & Communications, Steve Casey, they shared the design journey behind the 30 Years of Guardian Note.
The design concept is an interplay between technology and ecology, inspired by the possibilities created by the launch of the very first polymer banknote in 1988. It also points to the technological and creative potential for future banknotes.
“The design journey behind the new house note demonstrates how success can be achieved when suppliers work collaboratively together. We believe the note’s features will lead to furthering the innovation and counterfeit-resilience of future circulating notes,” said Mr Booth.
The presentation explained the full process of creating the note, from the initial brainstorm and brief to the development of the concept design and corresponding substrate design, followed by a review of the features and the finished product made.
“Our presentation started by introducing people to our unique high security precinct and talked about the benefits that offers which includes enabling a collaborative environment, the ability for agile supplier response times during production, and the fact that the entire production process occurs within one of the world’s most secure banknote manufacturing facilities,” said Mr Casey.
Following the design journey and the review of the note’s sophisticated features, came a discussion into the security features. This was largely facilitated by the Reserve Bank of Australia’s counterfeit analysis expert, Sani Mook, who conducted an extensive review of the banknote.
The super-sized window of the note boosts security for two reasons:
1. The ability for the public to easily identify the feature – the window allows for immediate authentication.
2. Increased complexity – the largeness of the window creates an opportunity for more complex windows through the addition of multiple technologies in the window area.
“CCL Secure is very proud to have worked with Note Printing Australia on creating this exciting note and acknowledge Guardian’s proven success over the past three decades,” said Mr Booth.