The commemorative banknote of the Bank of Russia was called the best regional banknote of 2013 28.02.2014

The commemorative banknote of the Bank of Russia   dedicated to the 22nd Olympic Winter Games and the 11th Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi was called the best regional banknote of 2013 at the 11th Pan-European Conference on High Security Printing that took place on February 17 – 19 in Milano.
On February 18 the Conference organizers announced that the commemorative banknote of the Bank of Russia was the winner of the “Best Regional Banknote of 2013” category.
The Best Regional Banknote award is given at the Conference for the first time. Beforehand similar awards were given at regional conferences on high security printing in Bogota and Bangkok in 2013.
The award is given for outstanding achievements in the fields of design, technical equipment and security of the banknote or the banknote series. In the opinion of the competition jury, successful banknotes should unite the visual skill and the high level of technical complexity as well as reflect the cultural peculiarities of the emitting country.  
We would like to remind that the Russian commemorative banknote dedicated to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi is issued with the face value of 100 roubles in the number of 20 million pieces. It was printed at the Moscow Printing Factory of Goznak.
The banknote was put into circulation on October 30, 2013 and became the first commemorative banknote in the history of the Russian currency circulation.  
The Olympic banknote united splendid design and high level of security elements. It is for the first time that the vertical image is applied to a Russian banknote.
A snowboarder flying above the Olympic sports facilities is depicted against the white and blue background on the front side of the banknote. On the back side, there is “Fisht” stadium in Sochi and a mosaic pattern with the figures of athletes of various kinds of sports.
Just like all its Russian “sisters”, the banknote has a high security level. Moreover, Goznak has applied some security features here for the first time. Those are the varying snowflake in the transparent window obtained thanks to embedding a broad polymer strip and the hologram representing the Olympic fire. The security elements are beautifully completed with the iridescent (with the distinctive 3D effect) image of Zhar-Ptitsa (Fire Bird). When the banknote is tilted or swayed the colour of  Zhar-Ptitsa changes from golden to green, and the pattern of its plumage is changed from positive to negative. Moreover, one wing of the bird is observed in the positive shape and the other in negative, and vice versa.
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