The International Association of Currency Affairs, a trade group of
more than 60 central banks, finance ministries, security printers,
cash management companies, and suppliers, met in Kuala Lampur,
Malaysia, in May and announced its annual currency award winners. IACA
professional membership voted on five categories.
Winners for 2016 were: in Best New Banknote/Series, the Swiss
National Bank, for the new 50-franc note, which also won the IBNS
Banknote of the Year Award; and in Best New Commemorative or Limited
Circulation Banknote, the National Bank of Poland, for its
commemorative 20-zloty note celebrating the 1,050th anniversary of
baptism in Poland (the note has the portraits of Prince Mieszko I and
his Bohemian wife Dobrawa and an image of Gniezno Cathedral).
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Awards were also given to Innovia Security for establishing a
recycling program for polymer bank notes, and to the Bank of Canada
and the European Central Bank for their communications programs. The
Canadian award was for the “Is She #Banknotable?” public consultation
campaign to select a woman to appear on its $10 in 2018; the ECB’s was
for its initiatives with the new Europa Series €20 and €50 notes.
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The final award was a new category, Best New House Note, or notes
made by printers for their own commercial purposes. From a field of
eight candidates, the house note of the German paper manufacturer
Louisenthal won the delegates’ vote. Its “Water” House note features
RollingStar LEAD foil and RollingStar registered thread. The award
citation said its “striking animated stripe provides optimal design
freedom for strong visual appeal and authentication.”
The list of finalists and of the winners (with images) in all
categories are posted on the IACA website.