Currency Excellence Awards end in tie

The International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA) has announced a tie for the top honour in its 16th annual Excellence in Currency Awards.

For the “Best New Banknote or Banknote Series,” IACA members split their vote between Costa Rica’s 2,000-, 5,000- and 20,000-colon banknotes printed by CCL Secure, an international security printer launched in Australia in 1988, and Azerbaijan’s 50-manat note printed by Louisenthal, a historic manufacturer founded in Germany in 1879.

Azerbaijan’s 50-manat note printed by Louisenthal.

Announced on Feb. 22 during the Banknote & Currency Conference in Washington, D.C., the awards were presented to the notes ’printers and issuing banks.

The Costa Rican notes belong to a new polymer series featuring the Central American country’s personalities, ecosystems plus flora and fauna. Azerbaijan’s note highlights national education and its impact on scientific progress within the transcontinental country.

Costa Rica’s 2,000-, 5,000- and 20,000-colon banknotes.

A $30 Bank of Namibia note printed by CCL Secure to mark the 30th anniversary of independence in that African country was also named the “Best New Commemorative or Limited Circulation Banknote.”

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