We welcome nominations for IACA’s Excellence in Currency 2018 Technical Awards submitted between January 2nd and February 23rd, 2018.  Awards will be presented during the Banknote 2018 conference that will take place from May 21st to 24th, 2018.

There are 2 categories for the 2018 Technical Awards:

Best new currency feature or product 

Best currency innovation

Please go the Awards tab to see the guidelines for awards criteria.

To make a nomination go to:


Anyone may nominate an eligible project:  it is not necessary to be an IACA member.

IACA members can go directly to the site by logging in here


Nominations must be completed on the awards platform.

The Eligibility Period is January 1-2016 to December 31 2017




Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Initiative !

Banco de México has performed a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) on the Mexican banknotes and the use of ATM´s, as well as on all the processes and modules that are involved in the production of the currency.

The LCA is a widely recognized methodology that compares the full range of environmental impacts associated to a product or a service.

Banco de México was invited to be one of the first 12 organizations in the world to function as a Road Tester in the LCInitiative, a project spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), and supported by the technical guidance of renowned experts of the Berlin Technical University and the Kogakuin University of Tokyo.

Link to the Banco de México report: