A revolutionary new security feature has been launched to make polymer banknotes even more secure. The Cinema feature from global polymer banknote experts CCL Secure and developed and printed by PWPW, the Polish Security Printing Works in Warsaw, adds 3-dimensional and movement effects integrated directly onto the polymer substrate. The resulting effect is instantly recognisable with the naked eye and a clear sign that the note is genuine without any need for special lighting.
The first note to use the new Cinema feature is the Lebanon 100,000 Livres note. It was a nomination for the 2020 IBNS Bank Note of the Year. You can view all these nominations from a presentation I am giving tomorrow. I saved the Power Point presentation as a pdf on my web page here: http://currency_den.tripod.com/bnoy.pdf
Nice slides presentation of the IBNS banknote nominees. I really like the various TDLR £20 polymers from the UK (especially Scotland). It's interesting to see the other printers many of which I've never heard of. I also like the 100 Pesos from Mexico. Nice slides presentation - thanks for sharing!
Quote: I really want to see the US get onto the polymer note trend, the features and capabilities of the medium are just so awesome
I agree. But I'm not holding my breath. Too many people making too much money to expect any kind of change. The most recent $50 (my favorite U.S. modern) is about as close as we're getting to any of that cutting-edge stuff.
The other reason the US won't switch to polymer notes is banknote wear. Back in 1996, the $1 lasted about 18 months. By 2012, it was up to 70 months - and the lifespan continues to grow. Some of this is banknote improvements, but the main reason is....no use. Who's using cash now? Of course illegal operations still use a lot of cash, but mostly $100 bills. I went to the first anti-counterfeiting conference in Las Vegas 3 years ago. Lots of banknote producers there. The elephant in the building was "How do we get people to keep using banknotes?" Day 2 I went to get a snack in the same area as the forums. I offered cash & exact change & said "I'm sure you can use the small bills & coins." The cashier said "Not really, you're the first person to pay with money in 2 days." If moneymakers don't use cash, what does that tell you?
The US will never go poly however secure they are due to intense lobbying by a couple companies, they still produce a penny which almost every country has abandon, There is a segment of the economy that will always need cash
I don't want the US to switch because when it comes to our currency, I am extremely selfish... I want good ol' intaglio printing on good ol' rag paper made here in New England... I don't mind the watermarks and special inks, even the security strips. But once you get past those and into things like plastics and other gimmicks, it ceases to be money and becomes... well gimmicks... like self-stick postage stamps that only take computer skill to create...
HAVING SAID THAT, it are those very gimmicks that (supposedly) make a note harder to counterfeit. They are developed for a reason, a very valid one!
BUT, think about THAT a little... with the overall death of intaglio printing on stamps and pretty much everywhere else, and even with the sometime-replacement of such technology with "computer engraving" like with some modern French postage stamps, that means few people will have the skills to recreate notes made by such "old technology".
THEREFORE... a note printed with "old technology" will need to be copied by either 1) a very old counterfeiter with old equipment 2) young counterfeiters with very old equipment 3) someone good at forging security paper.
BUT... a modern note needs someone with knowledge of paper and also 1) holograms 2) plastics 3) security inks 4) computers, etc etc etc.
AND SO if you want security in your currency, DO NOT HIRE ME TO CREATE IT FOR YOU!