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IBNS Journal 60-1

Includes articles on: First Bank of Finland Banknotes; Taiwan's Triple Stimulus Vouchers; 1821 Greek War of Independence Bonds; Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London and China, Ceylon Branch 1857-1884. Login to download your copy.

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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 (banknoteoftheyear@theibns.org). 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.

MEXICO WINS IBNS 2020 BANK NOTE OF YEAR AWARD

The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has selected the Banco de Mexico to receive its annual prestigious “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2020.

The vertical format note is printed on polymer and features one of Mexico’s national heroines and poet/writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. The reverse “piece de resistance” image features a temperate forest ecosystem which is known worldwide as the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. The design continues to highlight Mexican cultural and historic characteristics with new graphic motifs.

The Banco de Mexico was both the printer and issuer of this award-winning design banknote, which is part of the bank’s current G Series introduced in 2018. Produced by the Banco de Mexico’s new printing complex located in Jalisco, which began operation just before the coronavirus pandemic, the banknote has significantly improved security features which coordinate the transition to a polymer substrate.

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Banknote of 2021 Nominations

The Nominations for the Banknote of 2021 will be shown here as they are received

Vew ALL the Banknote of 2021 Nominations

Do you know of a Banknote which will be introduced into circulation in 2021 that has

Artistic MeritImaginative DesignNew Security Feature

To nominate a note please email banknoteoftheyear@theibns.org 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



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