Issue Jan. 15, 2021

  1. Azerbaijan: New 1, 5 and 50 Manat issued - G+D, Louisenthal, SICPA
  2. Goznak: Tender for information protection system
  3. England: CCL Secure celebrates 8 years of partnership with the Central Bank - some facts & figures
  4. ECB: Request call for global BIT.C rules
  5. Webinar: Banknote Summit - Printing quality and productivity
  6. Philippines: New operations site
  7. ECB: Conducting public survey on CBDC
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1. Azerbaijan: New 1, 5 and 50 Manat issued - G+D, Louisenthal, SICPA
Sources: read more, BIN
Please note: Source in Azerbaijani language

  • The Central Bank of Azerbaijan is going to issue the remaining 3 updated denominations of the new banknote series - the 1, 5 and 50 Manat.
  • All notes were printed by G+D and the security features / substrate were supplied by Louisenthal.
  • Main key features for the various denominations are:
1 and 5 Manat
  • SICPA SPARK® Live with a color change from gold to green.
    RollingStar security thread (3mm, machine readable) - same color change from gold to green
  • All features in detail can be seen here.
50 Manat
  • SICPA SPARK® Live - a picture of schoolchildren emitting a dynamic light effect and changing from gold to green. When chainging the banknote, the rings on the element create the effect of movement.
  • RollingStar security thread - same color-change from gold to green
  • RollingStar Lead (Hologram) - based on micromirror technology - 3D movement effect on the hologram
  • All features can be seen here.
Link to Source
2. Goznak: Tender for an information protection system
  • Goznak has announced a tender (link here) for the creation of a unified information security system for a data processing center.
  • Goznak accepts applications for participation in the tender until January 28; the purchase results will be announced on February 4
Link to Source
3. England: CCL Secure celebrates 8 years of partnership with the Central Bank - some facts & figures
Sources:  CCL Secure, BIN
  • CCL Secure has been a longterm partner for the Bank of England with its polymer substrate Guardian™ since 2013, when the Bank of England made the decision to move the £5 and £10 to the polymer substrate.
  • CCL has invested over £40 million in building a new facility in Wigton, Cumbria to supply its Guardian™ substrate for the Bank of England. This includes a state of the art production facility.
  • In 2017, the Bank of England was awarded the Carbon Trust’s Footprint Label for carbon footprint reduction based on the launch of the new £5 and £10 Guardian™ polymer banknotes in 2016 and 2017.
  • 440 million £5 notes and over 1 billion £10 notes had been produced on Guardian™ for the launch / issuing of those two denominations.
  • To date, CCL Secure has supplied over 100 million sheets of polymer substrate to the Bank of England.
  • Any waste produced by CCL Secure and Innovia during the production of Bank of England banknotes is either recycled back into the production process or recycled into household items such as buckets and furniture.
  • Once Guardian banknotes have completed their useful life (3.8 - >6 times the life of paper banknotes according to a 2013 Bank of England survey of Banks using Guardian substrate), the banknotes are 100% recycled in England.
4. ECB: Request call for global BIT.C rules
  • The European Central Bank President Ms. Christine Lagarde is requesting to regulate bitcoin on a global level, saying that the leading crypto is used by money launderers and that loopholes must be closed.
  • “[Bitcoin] is a highly speculative asset, which has conducted some funny business and some interesting and totally reprehensible money laundering activity,” Lagarde said in an interview at the Reuters Next conference.
  • See video (extract) here.
Link to Source
5. Webinar: Banknote Summit - Printing quality and productivity
  • Next Webinar by World Banknote Summit (Conference supplier) will focus on printing quality and productivity
  • This online event will be scheduled for the 27th of January - production experts will discuss ways to achieve optimal productivity whilst ensuring highest quality.
  • Speakers will be:
    • Mr. Sérgio São João - production director at Valora -banknote printing works fully owned by Banco de Portugal
    • Mr. Florian Demaimay, production director at Oberthur Fiduciaires, will explain how the company manages quality and productivity in their print works
  • Registration here.
Link to Source
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6. Philippines: New operations site
  • The Central Bank of Philippines (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) signed a contract for lease of 300,000 square meters parcel of land at the New Clark City’s National Government Administrative Center (NCC-NGAC) in Capas, Tarlac.
  • This will become the new high security printing / minting / cash operations site for the new BSP Complex.
Link to Source
7. ECB: Conducting public survey on CBDC
  • "The European Central Bank (ECB) concluded its public consultation (started on Oct 12, 2020) on the digital euro and will now analyse in detail the large number of responses.
  • 8,221 citizens, firms and industry associations submitted responses to an online questionnaire, a record for ECB public consultations.
  • The ECB will publish a comprehensive analysis of the public consultation in the spring 2021, which will serve as an important input for the ECB’s Governing Council when deciding whether to launch a digital euro project.
  • An initial analysis of raw data shows that privacy of payments ranked highest among the requested features of a potential digital euro (41% of replies), followed by security (17%) and pan-European reach (10%)."
Link to Source