IBNS Journal 62-1

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IBNS Banknote of the Year

The IBNS Banknote of the Year award is an initiative of the IBNS to recognize an exceptional banknote issued each year.

IBNS Members can nominate a Banknote for the award by contacting the Banknote of the Year Co-Ordinator ( Banknotes nominated must have been issued to the public (specimens and non-circulating currencies are inelligble) for the first time during the year of the award, and must have artistic merit and/or innovative security features, and be in general circulation. When nominating a note, please provide your reasons for nomination, and if possible, a scan of the front and back of the note. Nominations for the award will be accepted up to the 31st January of the following year. For full terms & conditions of the award, please see here.

Once nominations have closed, the winner will be decided by a vote of the IBNS, who will consider the artistic merit, design, use of colour, contrast, balance, and security features of each nomination.  The winner will be announced at the the first IBNS Board meeting of the year.


The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has again selected the Banco de Mexico to receive its annual prestigious “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2021.

The vertical format note is printed on polymer and features Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire. The reverse image features a salamander found in Mexico’s ecosystem of lakes and waterways. The design continues to highlight Mexican cultural and historic characteristics with new graphic motifs. The banknote has significantly improved security features which coordinate the transition to a polymer substrate.

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Banknote of 2022 Nominations

The nominations received so far for the Banknote of 2022 are:

10 Dollar Note

View all the Banknote of 2022 Nominations

Do you know of a Banknote which will be introduced into circulation in 2022 that has

Artistic Merit

Imaginative Design

New Security Features

Then why not nominate that note by email to including your IBNS Membership number and if possible, a scan of the front and back of the note.

Previous IBNS Banknote of the Year Winners