RBNZ completes new Series 7 with unveiling of $20, $50 and $100 banknotes
11 April 2016
Wellington, New Zealand - The new $20, $50 and $100 banknotes were revealed at Government House today by the Governor-General, Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. The new banknotes complete RBNZ’s new ‘Series 7’ family on Guardian™ polymer substrate.
The banknotes were literally brought to life with the kārearea / New Zealand falcon, a feature of the $20 banknote, on display at Government House during the event.
Perched on a small stand at Government House on Monday, Shaheena the New Zealand falcon flapped her wings and squawked in front of the new $20 note, which her species shares with the Queen.
Sir Jerry said it was the first time a kārearea had set foot in the ballroom of Government House.
"It is a delight to see it here, as an example of the native fauna depicted on our banknotes - creatures that are unique to our country, that are a part of our sense of place, our sense of home and which deserves our protection."
“Our banknotes and coins are the national emblems that are most frequently accessed by all our citizens. They reflect who and what we value and remember; and they declare what we want to say about our place in the world. I am sure that New Zealanders will appreciate the quality and enhanced integrity of the new notes.”
Launching the new $20, $50 and $100 is the last stage of the revamp of the currency, with new $5 and $10 notes already in circulation since late 2015.
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler said the innovations in the banknotes and their ability to include sophisticated anti-counterfeiting technology were notable.
"Global banknote technology has advanced to a state where sophisticated design can be incorporated into a security feature to make the banknote both hard to counterfeit and visually appealing."
All the new Series 7 banknotes are the product of strong collaboration amongst the industry's leading technology companies, and incorporate the same four main security features, which are the holographic window, colour-changing bird, puzzle number and raised ink.
The colour-changing bird with a rolling bar on the notes is made with SPARK™ Live from SICPA, and the large transparent holographic window was jointly developed by Canadian Bank Note, KBA-NotaSys and KURZ.
The new Series 7 $20, $50 and $100 will come into circulation from 16 May. In the meantime, the RBNZ has made available a video and further informantion for the public in their dedicated 'Brighter Money' website.
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