The Bank of Papua New Guinea’s new kina series won the accolade for the Best New Series, reflecting the country’s commitment to improve the quality of its currency in the face of one of the toughest environments in the world for circulating notes.

The newly updated polymer based is in denominations of two, five, 10, 20, 50 and 100 kina and all feature the National Parliament building in Port Moresby on the front, with different cultural themes and artefacts emblematic of the life and history of Papua New Guinea and its myriad traditional cultures on the reverse.

On the new 100 kina, the images on the reverse denote transport and communications, and includes the SPARK® Live TRUSPIN feature – the first time in a polymer note – integrated into the window and viewable on both sides of the window in reflection and transmission, each providing different visual effects. All the notes are produced on Guardian® polymer substrate with a window with the colour changing G-switch™ feature, IRIswitch™ and OVI® among other security features.