CN Concept Notes - Issue 2

Banknote Art, Design and Security in One

Concept notes, house notes, specimen notes… different names for the same product, namely notes produced by banknote printers and substrate and feature suppliers as marketing tools to promote their design and technical capabilities, to introduce their latest features and/or to celebrate special events, anniversaries and other milestones.

In this second edition, we include examples from Banco de México, Casa de Moneda Chile, Crane Currency, Landqart, Louisenthal, Komori, KURZ, Oberthur Fiduciaire, Orell Füssli, PWPW and SICPA.

February 26, 2024

Smartphones for Authentication

The ‘Smartphones for Authentication’ report summarises the wide range of technologies underpinning the role of smartphones in the authentication arena, with the aim of identifying further opportunities… as well as potential drawbacks.

Subscribers to any of our Newsletters get this report with an introductory 25% discount.

This report is now available to purchase

September 30, 2023

Directory of Currency & Technology Suppliers

Cash Industry’s Most Comprehensive Directory is Back
Back by popular demand, the latest edition of The Directory of Currency & Technology Suppliers is now being finalised. This sought-after directory is an essential resource for central banks and issuers, printers and mints, and everyone in the cash cycle to identify suppliers and partners, and the latest edition will be the seventh since its launch in 2004.
Currency News, Cash & Payment News and Coin & Mint News subscribers will receive a 25% disccount

May 9, 2023

Putting the Environment Centre Stage

The Cash & Payments Sustainability Forum™ in Edinburgh was an industry first. As such it was very much an experiment, a step into the unknown. Following on from the November 2021 white paper, ‘Cash: A Roadmap to Sustainability’, and a series of conference seminars throughout 2022, the goal was to take a systematic and in-depth look at sustainability for central banks, cash producers and the cash management sector.

February 8, 2023

A Guide to Repurposing Unfit Shredded Paper Banknotes

This paper seeks to explain the options that central banks have for disposing of banknotes well, following the hierarchy of options shown here.
The last section of this report, ‘Where to start’, is intended as a guide if central banks wish to dispose of their banknotes differently from how they do it today.

November 21, 2022

Cash: A Roadmap to Sustainability

Cash: A Roadmap to Sustainability’, a new report highlighting the progress made by the global cash industry to secure a sustainable future for cash, is now available to download and read.
The report highlights the progress in the last decade and innovative developments underway. It challenges some of the myths and misconceptions about the industry, while also shining a light on the digital payments sector.

October 1, 2021

CN Concept Notes - Issue 1

Banknote Art, Design and Security in One
The Concept Behind ‘Concept’ Notes House notes, concept notes, specimen notes… Whatever people call them, every year sees the issue of a range of such notes, produced by banknote printers and substrate and feature suppliers as marketing tools to promote their design and technical capabilities, and/or to introduce their latest features.

July 1, 2021

Security Threads for Banknotes

An essential guide to the technology behind security threads for banknotes
More than 75 years ago the first use of a security thread for a banknote appeared. Since then they have evolved to become one of the most enduring and innovative features on banknotes.
The special report examines the evolution of security for banknotes, their types, latest technology developments (including optically variable effect windowed threads based on micromirror, lenticular, diffractive and colour shift technologies), material science machinereadability, design integration, incorporation and future developments.
Whether you supply or use security threads, or the materials and technology that make them so effective, this is your chance to reach those organisations that are looking for your products services and solutions.

December 31, 2020

Directory of Circulating Coins

Worldwide, the coins being issued today are undergoing a transformation, combining unique technological innovations and new security features with novel designs, details and materials. Keep up-to-date with these changes with the Directory of Circulating Coins.
Published by Currency News™, the Directory of Circulating Coins is the only guide to every circulating coin in the world – making it an invaluable reference and research tool.
This edition will see a more up to date and comprehensive version of the 2nd edition, last released in 2016. Featuring over 200 A4 pages covering the obverse and reverse of real size coins from all around the world, information on composition, weight, edge and security features amongst others.

October 1, 2019

Directory of Currency Suppliers

The Directory of Currency Suppliers is an essential reference guide for all those involved in the currency industry.
Published by Currency News, it offers a comprehensive one-stop resource of all suppliers who provide materials, features, systems and services for the production, protection, distribution and management of banknotes and coins.

The Directory is valued by monetary authorities and central banks, commercial banks and financial institutions, banknote printers and papermakers, mints, cash offices, cash management companies and suppliers of security technologies and equipment for the handling and distribution of cash.

November 1, 2018

Diffractive Features on Banknotes

An In-Depth Report on the Evolution of Diffractive Features on Banknotes Over the Past 30 Years
2017 marked the 70th anniversary of the invention of the hologram, while 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the first use of a diffractive feature (optically variable device or OVD) on a banknote. Since then, it has evolved to become one of the most enduring and successful public security features for currency.
To mark these milestones, Currency News has published ‘Diffractive Features on Banknotes, a special report examining the evolution of diffractive OVDs on currency; the latest developments in origination, materials science and application; best examples of design integration and the re-engineering of the technology for the latest generation of substrates and window features.

October 1, 2018