The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) has announced that the winner of the 2014 Bank Note of the Year award is the 50 dollar polymer note from the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.
The note, collaboratively produced by the Central Bank and De La Rue, commemorates the Bank’s 50th anniversary and has been in circulation since December 2014.
The note was one of 130 banknotes issued throughout 2014 of which 35 designs were eligible for nomination. Second place was given to the 5000 Franc banknote from the French Pacific Territories, followed by the 10 Dinar note from Kuwait which came third.
Trinidad and Tobago’s note uses De La Rue’s Safeguard®, a polymer substrate product launched in 2013. The design is very colourful, predominantly golden, incorporating hibiscus flowers, a native bird and a carnival dancer. Most eye-catching is arguably the Red-Capped Cardinal bird which appears in the polymer substrate’s clear window.
To read the International Bank Note Society’s full review, click here.