Uruguay’s commemorative $50 Guardian™ note highlights polymer’s durability
17 September 2018
The Central Bank of Uruguay (CBU) will issue its first banknote on Guardian™ polymer substrate with its new commemorative $50, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the central bank.
The bank credits Guardian™ polymer for a note that is more inclusive, secure and longer lasting.
CBU’s President, Mario Bergara, said the increased durability of Guardian™ has led CBU to continue its “strategy of issuing low denomination banknotes on polymer substrate.”
Ensuring low denominations last a long period of time with public use is critical for CBU, as these denominations have the highest circulation in the country.
The CBU video available on YouTube explains the features and design elements, including:
• Longer note life – commemorative $50 Guardian™ banknotes are up to three times more durable than paper equivalents
• Distinct size and tactile features assist people with low vision
• Prominent iconography – the national shield, map of Uruguay and 50th anniversary logo are integrated into the design, with the reverse featuring Walter Deliotti's artwork "Mural: Port Construction"
CCL Secure is the creator and manufacturer of Guardian™, the first polymer substrate to be issued on a banknote 30 years ago. Our team worked very closely with CBU across all aspects of the banknote, including concept and substrate design, substrate production and issuance.
CCL Secure’s, Gustavo Ascenzo, said “We are very proud to have been given the opportunity to work with the Central Bank of Uruguay on the important and prestigious project.”