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March 4, 2015

Beautiful Banknotes and Currencies

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.

norway-notes

Here are some of the winners from the IBNS’ yearly poll.

2005 – Faroe Islands 1000 Kronur

Faeroe-1000-o
Faeroe-1000-r


2006 – Banque Centrale des Comores 1,000-Franc

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comoros-1000f-back


2007 – Bank of Scotland 50-Pound

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scotland50back


2008 – Samoa 20-Tala

Samoa_20_r
Samoa_20_o


2009 – Bermuda’s 2-Dollar note

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2010 – Uganda 50000 Shillings

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Uganda_50000_shillings_back


2011 – Kazakhstan 10,000 Tenge

KAZ-10000-Front
KAZ-10000-Back


2012 – Kazakhstan (again!) 5,000 Tenge

KAZ-5000-Front
KAZ-5000-Back


2013 – Kazakhstan – the Brazil of Bank Note Design – 1,000 Tenge

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KAZ-1000-2012b


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.

one-pound-note

Which is your favourite, and have IBNS forgot to include any beauties on their list? Let us know!

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