The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) has announced that the Centrale Bank van Aruba (CBA) has been awarded the â€œBank Note of the Year Award 2019â€ for the design of its 100 Florin banknote.
The award winning banknote (selected from the five banknotes of the new series) features an iguana on the noteâ€™s front and a traditional ribbon dance performance on the back. The eye-catching design of the 100 Florin is made all the more so by its security features including a 3D MOTION SURFACEÂ®Â moving stripe, high-relief printing and color changing ink. The banknotes series was printed by Crane Currency.
After 7 years of intense preparations, the CBA released its new banknote series, â€œStars of Arubaâ€ on 3 June, 2019. The completely redesigned series based on Aruban culture, flora and fauna, was introduced to the islandâ€™s residents with humor, public interaction and a mobile application â€œAruba su Florinâ€. Prior to the award, Jane Semeleer, President of the CBA, stated that the goal of the new series was to create a modern series that used the best security features available to prevent counterfeits and conveyed a clear message to the public. The IBNS commented on CBAâ€™s award:
â€œAs a first-time entrant into the IBNS Bank Note of the Year competition, Arubaâ€™s award winning success may provide a template for other countries to consider in designing and promoting new banknotes.â€
Following the award the CBA released a statement, in which Jane Semeleer proudly commented on the achievements of the new series:
â€œIt is very clear that we have managed to create a beautiful family of banknotes. We have one of the most innovative and modern banknote series in the world. And weâ€™re very proud that our vision â€“ to make Arubans proud of their country and to show the world the rich life of Aruba â€“ has led to an award winning 100 Florin banknote.â€
The approximately 2000 IBNS members worldwide nominated 22 well-designed banknotes of the over 100 new banknotes released in 2019. The 100 Florin banknote was an early favorite, followed by Eastern Caribbean Statesâ€™ $10, Northern Ireland Ulster Bankâ€™s 5 Pounds, Switzerlandâ€™s 1000 Francs and Norwayâ€™s 1000 Kroner.