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IBNS Journal Volume 58 Issue 2

 is avaialble to download: Articles cover the Indian Ten Rupee Note after Independence and the recipients of low numbered Bank of England notes. Login to download your copy.

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Banknote of 2019 Nominations

Banknote of 2019 Nominations received so far are for Northern Ireland's 5 Pound (Ulster Bank) Note and Switzerland's 1,000 Franc Note

Do you know of a banknote that will be issued to the public in 2019 that should be nominated for the Banknote of 2019?  If you do, please send your nominations to the Banknote of the Year Co-Ordinator (banknoteoftheyear@theibns.org). 

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Banknote of 2017

Nominations closed 31 January 2018

The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) announces that its voting membership has selected the Swiss National Bank to again receive its prestigious “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2017.  With over 170 new banknotes released worldwide during 2017, almost a third were of sufficiently new design to be eligible for nomination.  In the closest vote ever the Swiss 10 Franc polymer/hybrid note narrowly edged out  runners-up from the Royal Bank of Scotland (£10 with female scientist), Canada ($10 with 4 politicians and regions), Fiji (unique $7 featuring their first Olympic gold medal and rugby “7’s” team), Norway (100 Kroner Viking long ship), and Djibouti (40 Franc whale shark). This is the fourth consecutive hybrid / polymer note to win the coveted IBNS Bank Note of the Year Award.

CHF 10 Front

Front: Depicting Music and Time

CHF 10 Back

Reverse: Depicting Swiss Railways and Watch Movements


Solomon Islands $20 Dollar Note
SOL-20-Front