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Polish 500 Zloty Wins Award for Best Banknote


The organisers of High Security Printing EMEA, Reconnaissance, revealed the 2017 winner of the Regional Banknote of the Year at a special ceremony during the conference in Baku, Azerbaijan on 28 March 2017.

The awards recognise outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series, the key judging criteria being that successful banknotes should combine visual artistry and high levels of technical and security sophistication, with considerable emphasis placed on reflecting the cultural heritage of the issuing country in the note, and the relevance of the overall design and symbolism to the issuing country.

Winner: Polish 500 Zloty

The best banknote award was made to Poland’s Narodowy Bank Polski (NBP), which issued a new high denomination 500 złoty banknote to circulate alongside the existing 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 zloty denominations. The new banknote was issued on 10th February 2017.

The new denomination is to ensure the uninterrupted circulation of cash within the country, due in part to the growing demand for high value notes within Poland. The Bank also anticipates that the new note will help to reduce costs related to issuing currency.

The 500 złoty banknote has a blue, brown, burgundy and green colour scheme and includes a portrait of King John III Sobieski, continuing the banknote series theme of ‘Rulers of Poland’.

There are a number of modern security features embedded into the note, which in addition to their high technological quality ensure easy identification of the banknotes.

The banknote incorporates SICPA’s SPARK® Live optically variable ink feature in the shape of a soldier’s helmet shown on the front of the banknote, along with Louisenthal’s RollingStar® windowed security thread, which displays dynamic effects and changes from green to blue when the banknote is tilted. The new note also includes a ‘tactile’ feature to assist people with vision impairments.

The new 500 zloty banknote was designed by Andrzej Heidrich and produced by Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW).


Special Achievement Award: Central Bank of Oman

In addition to the regional banknote award, the Central Bank of Oman has been given a Special Achievement Award for its commemorative 1 Rial banknote, commemorating the 45th National Day, which is celebrated on the 18th of November.


The new note bears a portrait of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the signature of His Majesty at the centre of the note. In addition there is a watermark portrait of His Majesty on the right side of the note, the National Emblem at the centre and “Central Bank of Oman” in Arabic on top of the note.

The serial numbers are seen on right and left side of the note with the denomination in Arabic on right and on left side of the note. The wording “45th National Day” in Arabic appears on the right of the currency note.

The Al Alam Palace is featured at the right side of the note, and the new note includes a tactile feature on both sides of the note to assist the blind or people with vision impairments.

The vertical windowed security thread in two metallic colours is embossed at the left side of the note. The new banknote was issued in circulation as legal tender along with the Central Bank’s existing banknotes.

The banknotes have been redesigned and upgraded with leading-edge security features, greater harmony in the designs (which feature architecture on the front and cultural traditions on the reverse – each denomination relating to a specific region of the country), more contrasting colours and more use of optical effects.

About the awards

The award judges comprised the Board of Directors of Reconnaissance International, the conference organiser and publisher of Currency News. Nominations were sought from the high security printing community and, for future awards, this community will be invited to take part in the process of shortlisting winners as well.

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Photos from the awards ceremony

Regional Bankote of the Year 2017 presented to the National Bank of Poland.
Regional Bankote of the Year 2017 presented to the National Bank of Poland.
Special Achievement Award goes to the Central Bank of Oman.
Special Achievement Award goes to the Central Bank of Oman.