New Costa Rican and Australian $100 Banknotes go with KINEGRAM

November 2020

The Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR) issued its new 20,000 colones banknote on 26 November containing a registered KINEGRAM REVIEW foil stripe applied over a transparent window in the polymer substrate. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has released its new $100 banknote with a registered KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO.

KINEGRAM REVIEW, which is also used for the high denominations of euro banknotes, is a leading technology for foil-over-window solutions and offers two visually different foil designs on the front and back of the foil. The KINEGRAM REVIEW stripe applied to the new euro series shows a registered front side image and a wallpaper design on the reverse side.

After further work from the R&D team at KURZ, the new Costa Rica banknote uses an upgraded version of KINEGRAM REVIEW technology with a registered image both on the front of the foil as well as on the reverse side.

The design of the foil on the new 20,000 colones is unique and reflects the banknote’s print motif. On the front, the foil shows the national emblem stylised in fine detail. On the reverse of the foil, the colourful hummingbird is featured, which is the representative bird for the Páramo ecosystem.

Both motifs on front and reverse display colourful movements on a matte background when the banknote is tilted about the vertical axis. For instance, the stars appear to move from left to right in the national emblem and movement of the wings and tail feathers is evident in the hummingbirds.

At the same time, on the front, an image flip is visible on the bottom of the registered stripe: the denomination ‘20MIL’ switches to the letters ‘BCCR’. Thanks to the KINEGRAM technology platform, the foil stripe is additionally enhanced with a 3D effect in the value number ‘20’ on the front, which seems to be protruding from the surface.

From a materials perspective, the polymer substrate is not only highly durable and recyclable, but its smooth surface accentuates the optical effects of the foil feature.

Marvin Alvarado, Director of the BCCR’s Department of Issuance and Securities, said that ‘in terms of security, the characteristics of the anti-counterfeiting features on the banknotes have been updated and the incorporation of the transparent window is a very important element.’

The 20,000 colones is the first note in Costa Rica’s new all-polymer series to be issued. The other denominations will follow suit in December and early 2021.

Australia completes series

The new Australian $100 banknote, the culmination of the RBA’s decade-long Next Generation Banknote Program, has been in production since mid-2019 and was released into general circulation on 29 October.

Like the new $5, $10, $50 and $20 notes issued in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, the new $100 features a top-to-bottom transparent window with a registered KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO foil stripe applied on top, that can be viewed from either side of the banknote.

As with the previously released denominations, the new banknote includes representations of Australian flora and fauna. The $100 features the Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) and Australia’s national floral emblem, the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), which is native to south-eastern Australia and southern inland areas of New South Wales. The wattle frames the edges of the top-to-bottom window on the banknote, which features a number of dynamic security elements such as the flying owl, and a reversing number ‘100’.

The KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO stripe was developed and supplied by KURZ, with partial metallisation technology, which allows diffractive design elements, including very fine lines down to 40µm, to be in perfect register to the partial metallisation.

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  • New Costa Rican and Australian $100 Banknotes go with KINEGRAM
  • Keeping up with the Kardashians… and Other Dead People
  • Rainbow Holography – at the Root of Security Holograms
  • News in Brief
  • Demax Extends FreeEdge to Stripes and Patches
  • IHMA Takes Leadership Role in Promoting the Industry
  • Seeing the World Through Dynamic Holography – an Interview with Dr Jamieson Christmas
  • Samsung Confident of Commercialising Holographic Displays
  • Digital Document Security 2021 (3-4 February) – Registration Now Open!
  • The Holography Conference Online (8-9 December) – Full Programme

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