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IBNS Journal 58-4

Topics include: WWII Italian Checks and Notes in the Greek Dodecanese Islands; Thailand's approved but never issued 100 Baht Note; $100 Malaya JIM; Green Gold in Mexico's Yucatan Login to download your copy.

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Banknote of 2019 Nominations

Latest Nominations received are Kenya's 500 Shilling Note, Eastern Caribbean States 10 Dollar Note and Singapore's 20 Dollar Note

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

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Switzerland Repeat Winner of IBNS Bank Note of Year Award

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.

The Switzerland 10 Franc note is part of the first new design the Swiss National Bank has released in 20 years.  Printed by Orell Fussli Security Printing Ltd. in Zurich, all notes from the new 9th series feature national experiences and abstract themes.  Incorporating the latest in technological security standards and using three layer substrate Durasafe®, this gorgeous yellow vertical banknote depicts human hands conducting an orchestra with a globe showing time zones and the punctual Swiss rail system.  In 2017 a 20 Franc note was also released featuring a hand and a prism reflecting light.  While it too was nominated for Bank Note of the Year, IBNS rules state that no country can compete against itself if multiples notes are nominated.  In such instances a subcommittee selects the stronger image.

CHF 10 Front

Front: Depicting Music and Time

CHF 10 Back

Reverse: Depicting Swiss Railways and Watch Movements

The Swiss National Bank had initially released a stunning 24 page booklet to promote their new six banknote series. They have a fascinating interactive website and downloadable application that can be accessed to further demonstrate various security features.  Each note varies in size, with the 10 Franc note similar in size to the 20 Euro banknote.  Valuation of the Swiss Franc is currently near par with the US Dollar but significantly below the Euro and British Pound