The central bank of Vietnam, the State Bank of Vietnam, has also been awarded a special achievement award for the issue of a commemorative banknote printed to mark the 65th anniversary of the State Bank and the country’s banking sector.

The souvenir banknotes were manufactured by the National Banknote Printing Plant in Vietnam, with the support of Arjowiggins Security, Crane Currency, SCIPA and KBA-NotaSys.

The new note features a DIAMONE composite substrate (developed by Arjowiggins Security) which uses a blend of synthetic and cotton fibres. The note also features a RAPID motion security thread (from Crane Currency), an embedded lotus flower watermark and a SPARK dynamic colour shifting ink security feature (from SICPA) in the shape of the number ’65’.

The design of the note also features a portrait of former president, Ho Chi Minh as well as a stylised depiction of the currency used in ancient Vietnam representing the nation’s monetary sovereignty. Other features include the Bank’s building in Hanoi, Thanh Giong (a mythical folk hero) and patterns found on the Ngoc Lu Bronze drum, an artefact from the country’s Bronze Age.

The award was collected by Ms Uyen Thi To Nguyen and Ms Ha Thi Thanh Bui from the State Bank of Vietnam.