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Currency News is proud to sponsor the IACA Awards, which were presented at the Currency Conference on 17 May 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.

Introduced in 2007, the awards promote and recognise excellence in banknote and coin production, processing, management and distribution. In keeping with IACA’s mission of making cash the best that it can be, any organisation or individual involved in the currency industry, as well as issuing authorities, commercial banks and enforcement agencies can be eligible for an award.

This year, a Lifetime Achievement Award was also made to Nopporn Pramojaney, who was Assistant Governor, Banknote Management Group of the Bank of Thailand until his retirement in late 2013.

In addition to the categories voted on by IACA delegates, an award was also presented for the best new house note, voted for by central bank delegates throughout the Currency Conference.

See the award winning notes and projects below.

50 Swiss Franc

Best New Banknote or Series

Swiss National Bank – New 50 Swiss Franc

The new note is the first of the new 9th Swiss series to go into circulation, shifting from traditional portraits to depicting typical characteristics of the country. The main feature of the note is a hand, gently holding a dandelion head blown by the wind.

20 Zloty

Best New Commemorative or Limited Circulation Banknote

National Bank of Poland – Commemorative 20 Zloty

The note celebrates the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland, depicting the portraits of Prince Mieszko I and his Bohemian wife Dobrawa, with the Gniezno Cathedral featured on the reverse.


Best Communications Award

Bank of Canada – Is she #bankNoteable?

Launched in August 2017, the Bank of Canada ran a successful 6-week public engagement campaign to select a Canadian woman to appear on their next series of banknotes.

50 Euro Note

Best Communications Award

European Central Bank – Launching the New Europa Series

The ECB have run a variety of public communications campaigns for the launches of the new €20 and €50 notes, including direct marketing, the Partnership Programme, the Euro Run initiative in schools and the new €50 banknote film.

Recycled Notes

Best Banknote Processing Innovation

CCL Secure – Guardian® Global Recycling Program

The program establishes a network of regional recycling facilities in major geographical regions throughout the world, ensuring that smaller countries or those where there is no suitable recycler available can still dispose of old notes sustainably.

Water Note

Best New House Note

Louisenthal – “Water” House Note

Voted on by delegates at the conference, the Louisenthal house note features RollingStar® LEAD foil and RollingStar® registered thread. The striking animated stripe provides optimal design freedom for strong visual appeal and authentication.

For the latest news on the currency industry, subscribe to Currency News, the monthly newsletter for the industry. If you would like to submit a nomination to IACA for a circulating coin project, these will be presented at The Coin Conference in Warsaw in October. Find out more about submitting here.