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2019 IACA Program

We thank IACA for their contributions to the 2019 Currency Conference program, described below.

For a list of the IACA Excellence in Currency Awards winners, you can find it here.


IACA Member Discussions: Clean Note Policies

Sunday, April 7, 2019
IACA Central Bank Only Summit – 3:00pm – 4:00pm (room to be announced)
IACA All-member Summit 4:00pm – 5:00pm (room to be announced)

In 2018, the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA), initiated a very successful opportunity for face-to-face discussion among its central bank representatives. They exchanged views on a number of issues ranging from ways to improve and add value for IACA members, to potential topics for future consideration.

IACA is delighted to announce that the next IACA Member Discussions will take place at the Currency Conference 2019 in Dubai, on Sunday April 7th, in the Grand Hyatt Dubai Hotel. The focus for both discussions will be Clean Note Policies. A first discussion open only to IACA central bank representatives will take place from 15:00 to 16:00. At 16:00, the meeting will be opened to all IACA delegates to the Conference.

Please consult the IACA website in 2019 for additional details. IACA looks forward to welcoming all IACA delegates will be in Dubai.

Finalists for 2019 IACA Excellence in Currency Awards

The finalists for the 14th round of IACA Excellence in Currency Awards have been announced. Voting by International Association of Currency Affairs delegates will be open through the IACA website from February 4–22, 2019. There were over 55 nominations received in the various categories. The finalists were chosen by a panel of seven industry experts including four former central bankers (see below).

The finalists are:

Best New Banknote or Series
  • Central Bank of Armenia - New III series of Armenian banknotes comprising 6 denominations: 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, and 50000 dram, issued in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Armenian currency.
  • Reserve Bank of Australia – Next generation $50 banknote developed after extensive consultation with subject matter experts.
  • Bank of Canada – New vertical $10 banknote. The introduction of this note marks a shift towards a staggered approach to note issuance.
  • Bank of Mexico – New 500-peso banknote. This banknote is the first in a new family of banknotes that pay homage to the historical and natural heritage of Mexico.
  • Norges Bank – New series 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 NOK. “The sea” was selected as the overall theme because of the sea's importance for Norway's business sector and economic prosperity.
Best New Commemorative or Limited Circulation Banknote
  • Bank of Canada - $10 banknote issued in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the process by which the modern Dominion of Canada was first created.
  • Bank of Papua New Guinea – 100 Kina APEC commemorative banknote issued as part of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held in Port Moresby,
  • Central Bank of Uruguay – 50 Pesos banknote celebrating 50 years since the establishment of the Central Bank of Uruguay
Best Banknote Processing Innovation
  • CDI2 (Common Detector Interface 2) - an open standard for high-speed banknote sorting machines created by the Federal Reserve System and the European Central Bank
  • Cash Processing Solutions (CPS) SmartFeed™ X10 - the new automatic feeder designed for large cash processing operations.
  • Giesecke & Devrient NotaTracc® - improves the handling of banknotes throughout the cash cycle. It complements the G+D high-speed processing systems.
Best Banknote Public Education Program, Website, or App
  • Bank of Canada - digital storytelling and online engagement – provides an interactive story of the new $10 banknote.
  • Reserve Bank of Australia –a suite of special communication activities tailored to meet the information needs of priority audience groups for the new series $10 and $50 banknotes.
  • South African Reserve Bank – currency mobile app with the purpose of driving awareness and education on the various features of the new commemorative South African banknote series.

The judges evaluating the 2019 nominations were: Philippe Barreau, Group Executive Vice President, IDEMIA; Mordechai Fein, Bank of Israel (retired); Richard Wall, Bank of Canada (retired); David Tidmarsh, Director, Reconnaissance International. They were joined by IACA officials Tom Ferguson, Brian Lang, and Eugenie Foster.

The Award Finalists will be recognized Monday, April 8, during Opening Session of the Conference.

The Award winners will be announced on Wednesday night, April 10, at the Gala Dinner.