Best Banknote and ID Document


Regional Banknote and ID Document of the Year Awards to Go Online for 2021

One of the highlights of the High Security Printing™ conferences each year are the regional awards for the best banknotes and ID documents. Thanks to COVID-19, no in-person HSP has been possible since the last event in Lisbon in March 2020, just before the world went into lockdown. And with a question mark still hanging over the resumption of conferences, at least for the rest of this year, Reconnaissance International, organiser of the HSP events, has decided to bridge the gap by holding a series of virtual awards instead.

There will be three categories for each of the Banknote of the Year and ID Document of the Year awards for each region- Asia, EMEA and Latin-America. And three separate virtual award ceremonies where the winners will be announced, all taking place on the same day but appropriate for the time zone of the relevant region.

The deadline for nominations is 31 October 2022.

Award Categories

Regional Banknote

The regional Banknote of the Year Award recognises outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series, the key judging criteria being that successful banknotes should combine visual artistry and high levels of technical and security sophistication, with considerable emphasis placed on reflecting the cultural heritage of the issuing country in the note, and the relevance of the overall design and symbolism to the issuing country.


There are three categories:
  • Best New Banknote
  • Best New Banknote Series
  • Best New Commemorative Banknote
Judging panel:
  • David Tidmarsh – Chairman of Currency Publications Ltd (co-publishers of Currency News)
  • Mark Stevenson – President of the International Banknote Designers Association
  • Lydia Yip – former Head of the Currency Division, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
  • Lahcen Hadouni – former Director General of the Moroccan printworks Dar as-Sikkah
  • Francisco Mandiola – former Managing Director of Casa de Moneda Chile

Regional ID Document

The Regional ID Document of The Year awards – which recognise outstanding achievement and technical sophistication of a personal identification or travel document programme – are designed to promote the best in system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport, identity or other secure identification scheme.


There are three categories:
  • Best New Passport
  • Best New National ID Card
  • Best New ID or Travel Document.
Judging panel:
  • Francis Tuffy – ID & Secure Document News Editor
  • Achim Hildebrandt – Former Head of Passports and ID Cards, Federal Ministry of the Interior – Germany
  • Dr Alan Hodgson – Alan Hodgson Consulting Ltd
  • John Mercer Senior Associate, AJW-Inc.
  • Monica Peralta – Document Expert at the Argentina Immigration Department.
  • Tony Poole – Partner, AJW Inc.

Any new note (or series) or ID document (card, passport, licence) issued since the last live HSP events will be considered. So for the Latin American awards, any project from June 2019. For the Asia and EMEA awards, any project from December 2019 and March 2020 respectively. There is a cap for each regional award scheme of two nominations per organisation per category,

If you would like to make a nomination, please do so online by clicking the button below and submitting the name of the banknote(s)  or document(s)  you would like to nominate, details and images, and why you think it should be a winner. You will also need to provide a short video.

The deadline for nominations is  31 October 2022. The award ceremonies will be held in early December.

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your nomination!

2021 Winners

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Regional Banknote of the Year

Best New Banknote

Australian $100

Reserve Bank of Australia

Best New Commemorative Banknote

Fijian $50

Reserve Bank of Fiji

Regional ID Document of the Year

Best New ePassport

Bangladesh ePassport

Bangladesh Department of Immigration and Passports

Previous Years’ Winners

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Regional Banknote 

2019 Best New Series

New Kina Series

Bank of Papua New Guinea

2019 Best New Banknote

15,000 Riel

National Bank of Cambodia

2019 Best New Commemorative Banknote

20 Patacas

Monetary Authority of Macau

2018 Best New Series

Hong Kong Series

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA)

2018 Best New Banknote

1,000 Baht

Bank of Thailand

2018 Best New Commemorative Banknote

2,000 Won

Bank of Korea

2016 Best New Banknote

Australian $5

Reserve Bank of Australia

2016 Best New Commemorative Banknote

100 Yuan

The People’s Bank of China

2016 Best New Commemorative Banknote

100 Dong

State Bank of Vietnam

2015 Best New Series

Brighter Money Series

Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ)

2015 Best New Banknote

1,000 Baht

Bank of Thailand

2014 Best New Series

New Kuwaiti Dinar Series

Central Bank of Kuwait

2012 Best New Series

Fijian Banknote Series

Reserve Bank of Fiji

Regional ID Document

2019 Best New ePassport

Hong Kong SAR ePassport

Hong Kong Immigration Department

2019 Best New ID card

Hong Kong Smart ID Card

Hong Kong Immigration Department

2018 Best New ePassport

Malaysian ePassport

Immigration Department of Malaysia

2018 Best New ID card

Philippines Seafarer eID card

Philippines Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)

2016 Best New ePassport

Philippines ePassport

Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs

2015 Best New ID card

Nigeria National Identity Card

National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria

2015 Best New ID card

Macao SAR Resident Identity Card

Macao SAR Identification Services Bureau

2014 Best New ePassport

Oman e-passport

Royal Oman Police

2012 Best New ID card

South African National Identity Card

South Africa Home Affairs

Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Lifetime Achievement

Lydia Chan

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

2012 Lifetime Achievement

Dr Nopporn Pramoney

Bank of Thailand

Make a Nomination

The award judges comprise the Board of Directors of Reconnaissance International, the conference organiser and publisher of Currency News and ID & Secure Document News.

Nominations are also sought from the high security printing community and this community will be invited to take part in the process of shortlisting winners as well.

If you have a project that you would like to nominate for this year’s event, please submit the details using the form below or email Sam Burns [email protected]. . The deadline for nominations is 31 October 2022.