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 01 November 2021.

Award Categories

Mixed of South American banknotes

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
Brasilian passports

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  01 November 2021. The award ceremonies will be held in early December.

2021 Winners

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Regional Banknote of the Year

Best New Series

New Costa Rican Banknote Series

Central Bank of Costa Rica

Best New Banknote

New 20,000 Colones

Central Bank of Costa Rica

Best New Commemorative Banknote

Mexican 20 Peso

Banco de Mexico

Regional ID Document of the Year

Best New ID card

Columbia New eID Card

National Vital Statistics Registry for Colombia

Best New ID or Travel Document

Argentina’s Smart DNI

Argentina National Registry of People

Previous Years’ Winners

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Regional Banknote 

2019 Best New Series

The First Family of Bills of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

Banco Central de Bolivia

2019 Best New Banknote

The Mexican 500 Peso

Banco de Mexico

2019 Best New Commemorative Banknote

Uruguay 50 Pesos

Banco Central de Uruguay

2016 Best New Series

New Cordobas Series

Banco Central de Nicaragua

2015 Best New Series

New Argentine Banknote Series

Casa de Moneda Argentina

2014 Best New Banknote

New 100 Nuevos Soles

Reserve Central Bank of Peru

2013 Best New Banknote

100 Pesos Eva Perón note

Central Bank of Argentina

Regional ID Document

2019 Best New ePassport

The New ePassport of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

Direction General de Migration Bolivia

2019 Best ePassport Upgrade

The New Colombian e-Passport

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Colombia

2015 Best New ID card

National Electronic ID Card (DNIe) of Peru

Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil, Peru

2014 Best New ID card

New Chilean Drivers Licence

Casa de Moneda de Chile

Special Achievement Award

2016 Special Achievement

100,000 Pesos

Banco de la República de Colombia

2014 Lifetime Achievement

Alec Hutchinson


2014 Lifetime Achievement

Malcolm Cuthbertson

Intergraf Committee of Experts

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 . The deadline for nominations is 01 November 2021.