Award-Winning Notes and Coins18 2016

A number of new coins and banknotes have received awards recently at various conferences around the industry. Below are a summary of these awards.

Composite Coins for Transdniestria

Trans-Dniester Republican Bank - the central bank of the Moldovan territory of Transdniestria (which proclaimed itself independent in the early 1990s but remains unrecognised by the international community) has received Watermark's Banknote Award in the category of substrate upgrades for its new coins, which were introduced last year. The award was presented at a special ceremony at the 6th Watermark Security Printing Conference in Sochi, Russia in September.

The coins are made of an entirely new material comprising printed mould made paper, which is heavily laminated and impregnated with polymer and then die-stamped into coin-size and shaped pieces. Developed by Goznak, they possess a number of features that have previously been seen only in banknotes, and are marketed under the name of PLAMET, with the material referred to as synthetic or composite.

Lightweight and colourful in appearance, the new coins integrate a number of security features, including micro-printing, UV and IR as well as tactile and machine readable elements. Each denomination has its own shape - circular, square, pentagonal and hexagonal.

Four denominations of 1, 3, 5 and 10 roubles have been in circulation alongside their banknote counterparts since August last year. This is the first time the country has issued banknote-equivalent denominations in coins.

Recognition for New Israeli Banknote

As described on page 12, ColorDance from Zhongchao Special Security Technology Co won the Innovation in Holographic Technology category at the annual IHMA Excellence in Holography Awards.

The award in the Best Applied Security Product category, meanwhile, went to the Bank of Israel and Leonhard Kurz for the KINEGRAM VOLUME8 foil stripe that appears on Israels new NIS 50 banknote. This is the first of four denominations released into circulation that will all carry the Kinegram volume stripe - a photopolymer Lippmann-type Kinegram for banknotes.

The stripes unique look with vibrantly coloured bold designs is due to the proprietary Kinegram origination process, which is used in combination with physical principles and materials entirely different from typical embossed holographic foils.

The new NIS is the first banknote to incorporate this feature. It will be followed by the NIS 200 this month.

Two Regional Awards for Asia

And at the recently-concluded High Security Printing Asia conference in Jakarta, meanwhile, there were not one but two winners in the Regional Banknote of the Year award for 2015.

First was the Bank of Thailand for the new 1,000 baht note, the fifth and final note to be issued as part of the countrys Series 16, which went into circulation in September.

The colour and size of the note remains the same as its predecessor, but it has been enhanced with security features to facilitate authentication by machine as well as the general public. These include OVI gold- to-green and a holographic stripe on the front, and Louisenthals magnetic machine- readable RoiiingStar Cube thread on the back. The note is printed with intaglio on both sides on Louisenthals durable Longlife substrate. The notes also feature tactile marks for the visually-impaired.

Second was the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for its 'Brighter Money series of new polymer banknotes, which is the first time the notes have been redesigned since 1999. The first two denominations, the $5 and $10, have now gone into circulation, and will be followed by new $20, $50, and $100 notes next year.

The new banknotes are the same sizes and denominations as the current series, but are brighter and bolder than their predecessors. All five denominations carry the same security features. The principal ones are SPARK (representing a native bird on the front, with the same colour shift and movement in the fern on the reverse) and a large clear window with a hologram which features a fern and map of New Zealand, as well as the same bird that features on the left-hand side of the note.

Source: CURRENCY NEWS Volume 13 No. 12 / 2015 .
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