“The more things change, the more they stay the same” may be an
appropriate theme for the bank notes the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
will release beginning Oct. 15. On that date new $5 and $10 notes will
start circulating, and $20, $50, and $100 notes are scheduled to enter
circulation beginning in April 2016.
The new notes, the seventh series, will be the same sizes as the
current, sixth series bank notes, and will still be made of polymer.
Both issues will circulate side by side as legal tender. The themes of
the notes are the same, with the same famous New Zealanders, Queen
Elizabeth II, and flora and fauna dominating the designs. However, the
bank says, the new notes are brighter, bolder and clearer, with more
than a half dozen new features to deter counterfeiting and aid blind
people and those with low vision, as well as other details to call
attention to the nation’s indigenous culture.
Connect with Coin World:
Among new security features is a holographic window (located to the
right of the note when one views the face). Inside the large clear
window is a hologram featuring metallic denominational numbers and a
bird; a metallic fern and map of New Zealand; and a metallic
three-dimensional denominational number. Also in the window, directly
below the holographic features, is an embossed denominational number.
On the face of each note, to the lower left, is a holographic
representation of a bird (the same bird depicted in the window, with
the species of bird differing by denomination). New is that the bird
hologram changes color when the note is tilted, as a rolling bar
travels diagonally across the avian.
Opposite the bird hologram, on the back of the note, is a fern
window that shows the same color-changing effect as found on the bird.
Another feature of the note is a “puzzle number” viewable when the
notes are held up to light: colored shapes found on the face combine
like puzzle pieces with shapes found on the back, to together depict
the note’s denomination.
Other anti-counterfeiting features include microtext, a fluorescent
square, and raised ink that can be felt on the face and back.
Larger numerals, greater color contrast, and clearer backgrounds all
are designed to help the sight-impaired.
Finally, elements of the native Maori language are used along with
their English counterparts: Aotearoa, the Māori name for New Zealand,
and Te Pūtea Matua, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Māori name. The
names of the native birds on the reverse of the notes (hoiho, whio,
kārearea, kōkako, mohua) will continue to be written in Māori.
The notes are designed and printed by the Canadian Banknote Company
at its plant in Ottawa, Ontario.
More from CoinWorld.com:
double eagle sighting leads to eventual call from FBI office:
coin hoard found in England near Welsh border in 2013 just revealed
John F. Kennedy Coin and Chronicles set awaits numismatic
community's response to Sept. 16 release
a different challenge for your collecting pursuits?: Q. David Bowers
Roosevelt dime strikes elicit discussion: Varieties Notebook