New kina notes on Guardian™ achieve advanced security, size differentiation
5 December 2018
The Bank of Papua New Guinea recently launched its new 2, 50 and 100 kina notes, completing the new series of Guardian™ polymer banknotes with upgraded security features and changes in size.
The central bank became a user of Guardian™ substrate in 1991 as the first country outside of Australia to issue a circulating polymer note. At the time, the principal objective was increasing the durability of its notes to last longer in a demanding cash environment.
The latest Papua New Guinea family was launched in October with the aim of improving security and making the notes easier to identify by the public. Maintaining the notes’ aesthetic representation of the country’s heritage was also critical, which helps to unite the nation that is spread across many regions.
An important goal for the new series was to standardise the height and alter the lengths of each note. The distinctive lengths now make it easier for the public to differentiate between denominations.
To help improve counterfeit resilience, the new K2 features an added optically variable ink (OVI) that changes colour when the note is tilted. The K50 and K100 include the complex security feature SPARK® Live TRUSPIN, integrated with the Guardian™ polymer substrate technology. The SPARK® feature is applied to the substrate windows, making it incredibly difficult to replicate for a would-be counterfeiter.
Design elements of the new notes have mostly remained the same from the previous series. There is strong symbolism of Papua New Guinea’s identity throughout the denominations, including regional headdresses, the parliament, national crest, founding father Michael Somare and the transformation of the economy. The sense of pride instilled by the notes is extremely important for the central bank and public alike.
CCL Secure collaborated closely with printer Note Printing Australia who led the project, to support the Bank of Papua New Guinea throughout the process of upgrading the new series.
Monica Mendez, General Manager, Asia Pacific of CCL Secure said: “The new series for Papua New Guinea is a good example of our successful collaboration with Note Printing Australia. The new series was created with the end users in mind. The public wanted notes that were clearly identifiable between denominations, and we helped the central bank achieve this goal with the new resized banknotes.”
You can learn more about the Bank of Papua New Guinea’s journey in this video by Note Printing Australia.