Banknote Design and Security

Banknotes are probably the best-protected artworks in the world.

Form follows function: this is a frequently quoted and well-known phrase from the American architect Louis Sullivan, who – as the “father of skyscrapers” – had significant influence on architecture in the US at the end of the 19th century. The banknote, a design object, is a prime example of this statement.
Banknotes are more than just official documents that are used as a legal means of payment; they are calling cards for a country, and reflect its culture and tradition. When designing a banknote, content and aesthetics must be visually harmonized and combined with functionality, all on a very small area.

Read more here about how we make banknotes a secure and lasting work of art.

Well-designed and secure

Reflections, 3D effects and dynamics: G+D’s proprietary micromirror technology doesn’t just change banknote authentication and design, the level of innovation also sets entirely new standards in terms of anti-counterfeiting security.

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30 Years of Holograms on Banknotes

1988 saw the first use of a hologram on a circulating note. Since then, holograms, also known as diffractive Optically Variable Devices (OVDs), have become one of the most common Level 1 security features on banknotes.

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The Lifespan of Money

How long a banknote lasts is very dependent on how the public handles it. There are regional as well as cultural differences here. Whether people mostly carry their money in a wallet or keep it loose in their pockets has a major impact, for example.

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RollingStar Security Threads: Secure – Striking – Stunning

Nowhere is confidence in a product more important than with banknotes. Security features are intended to put a stop to illegal copying by helping to distinguish real banknotes from counterfeits.

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ColourShift - Security with style

In developing ColourShift, G+D Currency Technology has produced a security thread that combines attractive design with distinctiveness, individuality and counterfeit protection.

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