The People’s Bank of China has been given a Special Achievement Award for a commemorative note celebrating China’s aerospace science and technology. The note was produced by China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation using its unique simultaneous double-sided intaglio printing technology.

The front of the 100-yuan note features the Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft docking with China’s first space lab, Tiangong-1, in a mission which included China’s first female taikonaut, Liu Yang. Also featured is Dongfanghong-1, China’s first satellite that was launched in 1970, and Chang’e-1, the country’s first lunar orbiter that circled the moon from 2007 to 2009.

The design on the back of the note runs vertically and illustrates the history of Chinese flight from birds, biplanes and jumbo jets through to Shenzhou 9, Chang’e 1 and the planned Tiangong-1 space station to be launched in 2020.

100 million of the 100-yuan bills were produced – which was issued alongside a commemorative 10-yuan coin. The banknote also features a colour shift windowed thread and SPARK Origin in the shape of the Dongfanhong-1 satellite.

The award was collected by Mr Leye Gu and Ms Tianyi Chen from CBPM – Kexin Banking Technology.