11/18/2020

The new Costa Rica 20,000 Colónes Banknote with KINEGRAM REVIEW from KURZ

The Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR) will issue its new 20,000 colones banknote on November 26. KURZ is proud to be part of the new banknote project by contributing a registered KINEGRAM REVIEW foil stripe applied over the transparent window in the Guardian polymer substrate supplied by CCL Secure. This foil-based feature with the unique non-holographic KINEGRAM REVIEW technology makes the new banknote extremely secure against counterfeiting.

KINEGRAM REVIEW, which is also used for the high denominations of Euro banknotes, is the leading technology for foil-over-window solutions and offers two visually different foil designs on the front and back of the foil. The KINEGRAM REVIEW stripe applied to the new Euro Series shows a registered front side image and a wallpaper design on the reverse side.  Thanks to the efforts of the highly motivated R&D team at KURZ, the new Costa Rica banknote uses an upgraded version of KINEGRAM REVIEW technology with a registered image both on the front of the foil as well as the reverse side.

The design of the foil on the new 20.000 colones Costa Rican banknote is one of a kind and beautifully reflects the banknote’s print motif. On the front side, the foil shows the National Emblem stylized in great detail. On the reverse of the foil the colorful hummingbird is featured, which is the representative animal for the Paramo ecosystem. Both motifs on front and reverse display colorful movements on a matte background when the banknote is tilted about the vertical axis. (e.g., moving stars from left to right in the National Emblem and movement of the wings and tail feathers in the hummingbirds, respectively). At the same time, on the front, an image flip is visible on the bottom of the registered stripe: the denomination ‘20MIL’ switches to the letters ‘BCCR’. Thanks to the KINEGRAM technology platform, the foil stripe is additionally enhanced with a 3D effect in the value number ‘20’ on the front, which seems to be protruding from the surface while in fact it is an optical effect - being completely flat to the touch. The smooth surface of the polymer substrate significantly accentuates the optical effects of the foil feature.

A presentation about the new series in the Spanish language, but with a lot of self-explanatory pictures, can be seen here:

https://www.bccr.fi.cr/seccion-noticias/Noticia/CP-BCCR-036-2020-Nuevos_billetes_polimero.aspx