New Australian $5 banknote is "Regional Banknote of the Year"
Reconnaissance International awarded the Reserve Bank of Australia's new $5 banknote as "Regional Banknote of the Year" at the High Security Printing Asia conference held in Singapore in December 2016.
The Banknote was released into circulation on 1st September 2016. It is part of the new “Next Generation” banknote series, incorporating a number of innovative security features. The RBA decided on these based on their efficacy of use, attractive aesthetics, and very high counterfeit resistance. The development of the banknote, its security features – mainly the large KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO® foil stripe over a clear window – was characterized by a very clear focus of the Reserve Bank on the design of the notes. Internal and external experts were involved in the design process of the individual elements of the foil stripe and the overall banknote design. The result is a highly secure and outstandingly beautiful banknote, with fresh, appealing colors, proven in rigorous testing, and making life extremely difficult for counterfeiters.
The note is also no less than a revolution in Australia, being the first banknote (series) ever to incorporate tactile features for the blind. The reason for these features to having been included is based on the initiative of a then twelve year old blind boy who started a public petition for it. Up to the launch of the 5 Dollar note, Connor McLeod was only able to distinguish coins but not banknotes. His petition was signed by 57,000 people and the RBA’s decision to include tactile marks is greatly appreciated by the community of blind and vision-impaired in Australia, helping them to become more independent in their daily lives.