This New Zealand $5 Bill With Edmund Hillary’s Picture On It Is The 2015 Banknote Of The Year

The New Zealand $5 note is the banknote of the year 2015.

Yes, in case you did not know, there is an international competition for the best banknote held annually by the International Bank Note Society!

And this is the NZ$5 bill:

The man in the picture is Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander who with Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the peak of Mount Everest. The mountain is the Mount Cook. The reverse of the note carries the image of a rare yellow-eyed penguin and local flora.

And these were the runner-ups

Scotland’s Clydesdale Bank five-pound:

Sweden’s 20 kronor:

Russia’s 100 rouble:

And, Kazakhstan’s 20,000 tenge:

Among the 150 new banknotes released in 2015, there were 40 eligible designs from 20 countries.

To be eligible, the note has to meet certain criteria –

  • It should be a legal tender,
  • It must have been issued for the first time during the year of the award.

Since India has not issued any new banknote since 1996, it was never in the running. But China’s new 100 Yuan note was among the 20 nominees.

Evaluators assess the note based on “artistic merit and/or innovative security features”. Kazakhstan has been the winner on three consecutive years: 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The International Bank Note Society was established in 1961 and boasts of over 20,000 members from around 100 countries.

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