The award for the Best New Banknote Series went to the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic, for the three new banknotes in the country’s fifth series – in denominations of 200, 500 and 1,000 soms – honouring the 30th anniversary of the national currency.

The principal designs remain a reflection of the historical and cultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan and are unchanged, as are the sizes and principal colours, from the previous series, introduced in 2010. But the overall appearance is fresher, more modern and less ‘cluttered’. The portraits, representatives of art and culture, have been preserved on the front of the banknotes and notable sites of the republic on the reverse.

The holographic stripe and narrowed windowed thread on the three previous notes have been replaced with Crane Currency’s RAPID HD Detect security thread, the backgrounds of which move rapidly up and down when the notes are tilted, with the diamond-shaped logo of the National Bank pulsating.  The notes also feature sections of traditional Kyrgyz  patterns printed with SICPA’s SPARK® Live in gold-to-green with two rings that move when the notes are tilted.

They were designed by the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan and printed by two printers – Oberthur and Crane.