A Reserve Bank of New Zealand publication about the note design
process is free to download from the bank’s Brighter Money website.
The publication takes collectors through the design process for the
nation’s upgraded (though as yet unreleased) series of notes,
including “the often intricate challenges of ensuring that the
banknotes meet a variety of aesthetic, cultural and functional requirements.”
The requirements include “security measures to prevent
counterfeiting and compatibility with banknote processing equipment,
such as ATMs,” according to a bank news release.
The new notes will be the same size and denominations as the current series, and they will continue to be
made of polymer. The themes of the notes remain the same, with the
same New Zealanders, flora and fauna remaining central to the designs.
The new notes will be released progressively, by denomination. The
target release date for the $5 and $10 notes is October 2015, with
other denominations in April 2016.
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