Polymer bank notes in 25-, 50- and 500-rupee denominations began
circulating in Mauritius on Aug. 22.
The designs on the nation’s first polymer notes are similar to the
designs and colors used on the same denominations of the island’s
prior circulating paper bank notes. The polymer and paper notes will
circulate alongside one another and both will be accepted as legal tender.
A news release from the Bank of Mauritius said the new polymer
bank notes contain many security features, including a transparent
window showing the image of a dodo bird, numbers printed with magnetic
ink that become fluorescent under ultraviolet light and “swing
features” printed in iridescent inks that change to a different color
depending on how the feature is viewed.
Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, was once the home of the
dodo bird, which is now extinct. In addition to being a design element
on the island’s bank notes, an image of a dodo also appears in the
nation’s coat of arms.
The use of polymer allows use of sophisticated security features
that are easy to verify and difficult to counterfeit.
The 25- and 50-rupee polymer notes were printed by French security
printer Oberthur Technologies on Innovia Security’s Guardian
substrate. The 500-rupee bank note was printed by the British firm De
la Rue on its Safeguard substrate. For more information about the new
polymer bank notes, visit the bank’s website at www.bom.mu. ■