The Mexican 500 Peso, which received the Best Banknote Award, is the first denomination in a new family of banknotes that have improved security features and designs representing Mexico’s historical and natural heritage.

The theme of the new series is ‘Historical identity and natural heritage’, portraying historical scenes of Mexico on the front and national natural heritage sites recognised by UNESCO on the reverse.

The new 500 pesos banknote was manufactured by the Printing Works of Banco de México on Crane Currency’s durable ENDURANCE™ paper. It contains several state-of-the-art security features, such as SPARK Live and MOTION RAPID thread, which the judges regarded as setting set the standard in terms of security and design for the rest of the notes to follow.