Thursday, July 7, 2011

Swaziland Issued New 10, 20, 50 and 200 Emalangeni Banknotes

The Central Bank of Swaziland released the remaining 2010 series (10, 20, 50 and 200 Emalangeni) of new banknotes into circulation this week. The new series of banknotes come with upgraded security features in line with international standards. The release of these notes together with the release of the 100 Emalangeni last September complete the entire family of new banknotes.

1. His Majesty's Portrait
The King’s Portrait is printed in Intaglio halftone. When touched, the print on the necklace, the red feathers and all hair has a rough feeling.

2. Watermark
Every denomination of the new banknotes displays a watermark portrait of His Majesty King Mswati III in various shades of gray as well as the
highlighted necklace.

3. Security Thread
The Security Thread is a metallic-looking strip positioned vertically, slightly away from the center of the banknote. When viewed from the front, the strip appears broken, but when viewed from the back, it appears continuous. The strip has “CENTRAL BANK OF SWAZILAND” printed in it, which can be seen when viewed from the back or front. For the E10 and E20, the colour is silver, for the E50, E100 and E200 the colour of the strip changes from bright green to bright pink colour when tilted.

4. See-through Register
The See-Through Register, located next to the Watermark, shows the value of the note. When the note is held up to the light, the front and back patterns of the see through marks, result in a complete image e.g. 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200.

5. Latent Image
The Latent Image is a vertical strip located on the front of the note, next to the watermark area. The strips shows the denomination of the note in figures (e.g. 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200), which appear in different shades when tilted.

6. Blind Embossing
The Blind Embossing is a security feature that is seen in the silver-printed area, which is part of the Latent Image (5). The value of the note (e.g. 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200) is embossed (pressed printing) into the banknote and can be felt when touched.

7. Optically Variable Ink
Optically Variable Ink is used to print the shield that contains the value of the note (e.g. 100 or 200). The shield is located next to the coat of arms and signatures. The colour of the ink changes from green to blue when the banknote is tilted.

8. Features for the Visually Impaired
This feature is located on the front of the note, along the left hand edge. For the E100 and E200 banknotes, these are red dots printed in intaglio (raised print). The dots have a rough feel when touched and are to help users to identify a note by touching it.

9. Numbering
There are two identical 9 character serial numbers at the back of each note. One is printed horizontally in black on the bottom left hand side of the note, and all characters of the same font size. The other is printed vertically in red, on the right hand edge of the note and the characters increase gradually in font size.

10. Intaglio Printing
Intaglio Printing is used on specific sections of the banknotes as a very effective security feature. The intaglio print feels rough, quite unlike other sections of the note, which are smooth.

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