It might surprise you to learn that International Bank Note Society have a yearly poll to determine the “IBNS Banknote of the Year“, and have been doing so since 2004. What sparked our interest in the beauty of bank notes was a design competition to decide Norway’s new notes, which was finalised at the end of 2014, with design firms Snøhetta and Metric System sharing the win.
The theme is the meeting of land and sea, perfect for Norway and its reported 100,915 km of coastline (including all islands, fjords and everything in between). Whatever the numbers, we think the designs are really nice.
Here are some of the winners from the IBNS’ yearly poll.
2005 – Faroe Islands 1000 Kronur
2006 – Banque Centrale des Comores 1,000-Franc
2007 – Bank of Scotland 50-Pound
2008 – Samoa 20-Tala
2009 – Bermuda’s 2-Dollar note
2010 – Uganda 50000 Shillings
2011 – Kazakhstan 10,000 Tenge
2012 – Kazakhstan (again!) 5,000 Tenge
2013 – Kazakhstan – the Brazil of Bank Note Design – 1,000 Tenge
2014 – TBC
Unfortunately, the nominations for 2014’s Banknote of the Year are now closed, but you can see the shortlist here. Kazakhstan are once again nominated – could they win an unprecedented four in a row? We just don’t know.
We think it’s be hard to beat the old Irish £1 note, which featured Medb, the legendary Queen of Connacht, and her infamous glare of steely determination.
Which is your favourite, and have IBNS forgot to include any beauties on their list? Let us know!