The 2016 Best Regional Banknote of the Year has been awarded to the Banco Central de Nicaragua, the country’s central bank, for its new cordoba series of banknotes.
The annual award was presented by Reconnaissance International at the recent High Security Printing Latin America conference held in Mexico on 21 June 2016.
According to Reconnaissance, the Banknote of the Year Award recognises
“outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series, the key judging criteria being that successful banknotes should combine visual artistry and high levels of technical and security sophistication, with considerable emphasis placed on reflecting the cultural heritage of the issuing country in the note, and the relevance of the overall design and symbolism to the issuing country.”
The Cordobas Series of banknotes were launched by Nicaragua’s central bank in 2015, and consist of five polymer notes using Innovia’s Guardian® substrate, and a sixth high value paper 500 cordobas note.
The 200 Cordobas Banknote
The 200 cordobas is the first circulating banknote to feature LATITUDE® – a substrate-integrated optically variable device (DOVD) by Innovia which uses silver nanoparticles to form the shape of Nicaragua’s national bird, the guardabarranco.
Image courtesy of the Central Bank of Nicaragua. Click to enlarge.
The 500 Cordobas Banknote
Image courtesy of Reconnaissance. Click to enlarge.
When presenting the award, Reconnaissance International Chairman, Martyn White, said
“It is always a pleasure to learn about the outstanding work that is being created – and I commend all of the nominees and winners for their skill, dedication and achievement. It is well deserved and a credit to a proud industry.”