The regional Banknote of the Year Award recognises outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series, the key judging criteria being that successful banknotes should combine visual artistry and high levels of technical and security sophistication, with considerable emphasis placed on reflecting the cultural heritage of the issuing country in the note, and the relevance of the overall design and symbolism to the issuing country.

The new Fijian series, which was issued in December 2012, celebrates Fiji’s endemic plants and animals, some of which are believed to be extinct, images of which replaced the portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II across all denominations. The lowest denomination in the series, the $5, was the first note in the world to be produced on De La Rue’s SafeGuard™ polymer substrate.

The award was received by Barnaby Dicks, Regional Manager Asia for De La Rue (designers and printers of the new series) on behalf of the Bank, who commented: ‘I am delighted to be accepting this award on behalf of the Reserve Bank of Fiji. We are proud to be their partner in the creation of this exciting and imaginative new series, for which the award is a deserving tribute for the Bank’.