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.
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.
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.”