The award for the best new commemorative was a tie this year between the Central Bank of Samoa and China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation (CBPM).

The Central Bank of Samoa’s  60 tala commemorative banknote, issued this year to mark the 60th anniversary of the Pacific Island nation’s independence.

The note was designed and printed by De La Rue on paper and features a blue/green 4.5mm IGNITE® security thread which depicts a Samoan Fue (a fly whisk) that pulses when tilted. Under UV light GEMINI™ can be seen on the front of the note.  It also includes a watermark of the teuila, Samoa’s national flower, with the letters CBS.

The banknote features a father and daughter who were both appointed to the office of Prime Minister.  On the front is a portrait of the current, and first female, Prime Minister of Samoa, the Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa. The back vignette depicts the first Prime Minister of Samoa, the Hon Fiame Mataaga Faumuina Mulinuu II during Samoa’s independence back in 1962, depicted lowering the New Zealand flag and raising that of Samoa.