Finalists for 2017 IACA Excellence in Currency Awards

Finalists for 2017 IACA Excellence in Currency Awards

The finalists for 2017’s 10th Anniversary  IACA Excellence in Currency Awards have been announced, and voting is now open for International Association of Currency Affairs delegates from their website. Voting will close on March 31st. There were over 80 nominations received in the various categories.

The finalists are as follows:

Best New Banknote or Series

  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand – $5, 10, 20, 50, 100, New Zealand’s Series 7 polymer banknotes, named “Brighter Money”.
  • Central Bank of Seychelles – 25, 50, 100, 500 Rupee. The theme of the 4 new banknotes is Seychelles’ unique biodiversity with key endemic species portrayed on the fronts and backs.
  • Swiss National Bank – The new 50-franc note theme is «The Wind».  The inspiration behind the new Swiss banknote series is the many facets of Switzerland.

Best New Commemorative or Limited circulation banknote

  • The People’s Bank of China – China Aerospace Commemorative Note (Denomination 100 yuan), to commemorate the great achievements in Chinese manned space industry,
  • Central Bank of Oman – 1 Rial, designed to commemorate the 45th National day.
  • National Bank of Poland – A commemorative 20 zloty banknote to celebrate the 1050th Anniversary of the Baptism in Poland.

Best Banknote Processing Innovation

  • Banque du Liban – A Fully Automated Cash Transactions System (FACTS)
  • Cash Processing Solutions – DLR®7000 QC – a new approach to banknote quality inspection.
  • Giesecke & Devrient – SeriTrack™ Discovery, a flexible data analytics solution.
  • Innovia – A Guardian Recycling Program – establishing a network of regional recycling facilities in major geographical regions around the world.

Best Communications Program

  • Bank of Canada – Is she #bankNOTEable? A public consultation to select a Canadian woman who would appear on a bank note in 2018.
  • European Central Bank – four communication initiatives for the new Euro 20 and 50 banknotes: Direct Marketing, Partnership, Euro Run Initiative and the new 50 Euro film.
  • Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas – Information Campaign on the Demonetization of the Old Banknote Series.

Best New House Note

This is a new category of IACA award; it attracted 8 high quality nominations.   In honor of the 10th Anniversary of IACA’s Excellence in Currency Awards, the 8 nominated house notes will be exhibited by IACA at the Currency Conference.  The award winner will be determined by a vote of central bank conference delegates while in Kuala Lumpur.  The nominations are:

  • Arjowiggins Security: Higgs Boson note
  • Crane Currency: Moon Jellyfish note
  • De la Rue: Barn Owl note
  • Kurz: Colorful World “77” Dragon note
  • Louisenthal: Water note
  • Oberthur Fiduciaire: Five States of Matter notes
  • Polish Security Printing Works: Chess note
  • Consortium Jura, Landqart, Komori, GSI, Kurz: Lupo note

The winners in all of the award categories will be announced at the Currency Conference Gala Dinner to be held on Wednesday May 17th in Kula Lumpur.