New Zealand’s Brighter Money Series on Guardian™ wins Regional Banknote of the Year award 2015
8 December 2015
Jakarta, Indonesia - The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) received the Regional Banknote of the Year award for its ‘Brighter Money’ series of new Guardian™ polymer banknotes. The award was conferred at the High Security Printing Asia 2015 Conference staged in Jakarta.
The Regional Banknote of the Year award recognises outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series, the key judging criteria being that successful banknotes should combine visual artistry and high levels of technical and security sophistication, with considerable emphasis placed on reflecting the cultural heritage of the issuing country in the note, and the relevance of the overall design and symbolism to the issuing country.
New Zealand’s Brighter Money Series on Guardian™.
This is the first time NZ banknotes have been redesigned since 1999. The first two denominations ($5 and $10) have already gone into circulation, and will be followed by new $20, $50, and $100 notes in 2016.
The new notes were designed and printed by Canadian Bank Note Company. The themes – respected New Zealanders, the Queen and flora and fauna – remain central to the designs, but these are brighter and bolder than their predecessors. All five denominations carry the same security features.
The principal features across the new series are SPARK™ by SICPA (representing a native bird on the front, with the same colour shift and movement in the fern on the reverse) overprinted on one small window and a large clear window with a KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO™ foil patch by KURZ which features a fern and map of New Zealand (with windows getting larger step by step for the higher denominations).
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