Bank of England's new £5 is a finalist for world banknote of the year

The IBNS assesses the money for its artistic merit and security features including the use of colour, contrast and balance

Zlata Rodionova
Friday 02 December 2016 15:15
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The Bank of England new £5 note has been nominated for the award
The Bank of England new £5 note has been nominated for the award

The rise of mobile and electronic payments means cash is playing an increasingly less important role in our society. However, many cash enthusiasts remain devoted to the aesthetics of the paper banknote and are eagerly awaiting for the international of banknotes - the equivalent of the Oscars of paper currency.

According to the 55-year-old International Banknote Society (IBNS) which confers the Banknote of the Year Award, “banknotes nominated must have been issued to the public for the first time during the year of the award, and must have artistic merit and/or innovative security features, and be in general circulation.”

The IBNS assesses the money for its artistic merit and security features including the use of colour, contrast and balance.

Nominations for the award will be accepted up to the 31st January of the following year, while the winners will be revealed in April 2017 after the IBNS Board meeting.

The Bank of England new £5 note, which sparked a massive public outcry after the revelation it contains traces of animal fat, has been nominated for the award.

The new polymer banknotes, featuring Sir Winston Churchill, fit in cash machines like paper ones, but are considerably more durable, cleaner and harder to counterfeit.

Among the nominees are entries from Switzerland, Scotland, Maldives and Georgia.

The winner of IBNS Banknote of the Year 2015 award was New Zealand’s $5 note.

In 2014, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago’s $50 note got the award.

Here are the nine banknotes vying for the title this year:

Maldives
1,000 rufiyaa

Georgia
50 lari

Australia
5 dollar

England
5 pound

Scotland
5 pound

New Zealand
50 dollar

Belarus
100 Rouble

Sweden
100 Kronor

Switzerland
50 Swiss franc

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