New Zealand’s new $5 banknote has won the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Bank Note of the Year award.
International Bank Note Society
The annual award from the IBNS recognises exceptional circulating banknote designs which have “artistic merit and/or innovative security features”. The winner of the award is decided by vote between members of the IBNS.
The New Zealand $5 banknote was one of 20 banknote nominations including ones from Scotland, Gambia, Singapore, Sweden, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. To see all the 2015 nominations click here.
Bank Note of the Year
The $5 polymer banknote was introduced alongside the new $10 denomination on the 12 October 2015 as part of the seventh series of New Zealand banknotes called Brighter Money. The remaining $20, $50 and $100 banknotes are expected to be released in May 2016.
The $5 banknote is printed on Guardian® polymer substrate and incorporates a transparent holographic window jointly developed by Canadian Bank Note Company, KBA-NotaSys and KURZ. The banknote’s design also incorporates SICPA’s optically variable SPARK® Live ink security feature (image courtesy of www.brightermoney.co.nz).