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New Zealand’s plastic money named Bank Note of the Year

Norbert Sparrow

April 27, 2016

1 Min Read
New Zealand’s plastic money named Bank Note of the Year

Good luck finding a plastic bag at your local supermarket these days, but in the world of currency, plastic is getting a lot of love at the expense of paper. Polymer-based banknotes have been making inroads in several countries, including Australia, which started replacing paper currency in the late 1980s, and more recently Canada and the United Kingdom. Now, another member of the Commonwealth, New Zealand, has taken plastic money to a whole new level with its $5 polymer note, which received the prestigious 2015 Bank Note of the Year Award from the International Bank Note Society.

The $5 bill was recognized for its “stunning orange and brown” design, numerous upgraded security features and “gorgeous” polymer window that displays a map of New Zealand. The face of the banknote features New Zealand icons Sir Edmund Hillary, Mount Cook and the yellow-eyed penguin. The creature, which is unique to New Zealand, makes a repeat appearance on the back of the bill along with some local flora.

The $5 bill is part of the “Brighter Money” banknotes that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand began issuing in 2015. A $10 bill has also been released.

Check out this video to see how plastic surgery can make money stunningly beautiful.

About the Author(s)

Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.


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