Polish 20 Złoty wins Pan European Banknote of the Year Award
25 March 2015
Budapest, Hungary - National Bank of Poland (Narodowy Bank Polski) was presented with the Regional Banknote of the Year Award for its 20 Złoty note, the first issued on Guardian™ polymer substrate and which includes security features seen for the first time on a circulating banknote. The award, conferred by Reconnaissance International during the Pan European High Security Printing Conference 2015 held in Budapest, was received by Marek Oles, Director of Cash and Issue Department of the National Bank of Poland.
Martin White of Reconnaissance International, Marek Oles of National Bank of Poland and Ricardo Iniesta of Innovia Security.
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.
The new 20 Złoty note features three security features that have not featured on a circulating banknote before – LATITUDE™, AURORA™ and METALIX™. The banknote, which commemorates the centenary of the formation of the Polish Legions, features an image of Belvedere Palace in LATITUDE™, the world's first substrate-integrated diffractive optically variable device using silver nanocoatings that are not restricted to patch or stripe formats.
The note also includes the AURORA™ feature in the shape of tree leaves and the number 20 which shows a two-ink colour shift using angular metamerics. In addition, a striking blue METALIX™ - delivering a metallic ink effect - has been designed in the eye-catching shape of a large X made of blue ribbons.
The 20 Polish Złoty is printed on Guardian™ polymer substrate.
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