Regional Banknote and ID Document of the Year Awards 

One of the highlights of the High Security Printing™ conferences each year are the regional awards for the best banknotes and ID documents.

There are four categories within the Banknote of the Year awards, and three categories for the ID Document of the Year awards.  The winners will be announced during the conference dinner.

The deadline for nominations is 28 April 2024. Use the form at the bottom of this page!

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 four categories:
  • Best New Banknote
  • Best New Banknote Series
  • Best New Commemorative Banknote
  • Best New Housenote
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

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

Any new note (or series) or ID document (card, passport, licence) issued since the last HSP Latin America event will be considered. 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 completing the form 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. A short video of the project would also be helpful.

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

2023 Winners

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Regional Banknote of the Year

Best New Banknote

Argentina 1,000 Pesos

Central Bank of the Republic of Argentina

Best New Banknote

Guyana $5,000

Bank of Guyana

Best New Series

New Barbados Dollars Series

Central Bank of Barbados

Regional ID Document of the Year

Best New ePassport

New Brazilian Passport

Department of Federal Police, the Brazilian State Mint Casa da Moeda and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Best New ePassport

Costa Rica New Passport

Republica de Costa Rica

Best New ID card

El Salvador New ID Card

National Registry of Natural Persons of the Government of El Salvador

Best New Other Security Document

Bahamas New Driving License

Road Traffic Department of the Government of the Bahamas

Previous Years’ Winners

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Regional Banknote 

2022 Best New Series

New Bahamian Banknote Series

Central Bank of the Bahamas

2022 Best New Series

New ECCB Banknote Series

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

2022 Best New Banknote

Mexican 50 & 100 Pesos

Banco de México

2022 Best New Commemorative Banknote

Honduras 200 lempira

Central Bank of Honduras

2022 Best New Commemorative Banknote

Guatemala 20 quetzales

Bank of Guatemala

2021 Best New Series

New Costa Rican Banknote Series

Central Bank of Costa Rica

2021 Best New Banknote

New 20,000 Colones

Central Bank of Costa Rica

2021 Best New Commemorative Banknote

Mexican 20 Peso

Banco de Mexico

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

2022 Best New ID card

National ID Card

Honduras National Registration Office (RNP)

2022 Best Civil ID card

Mexico Civil ID card

INE (Instituto Nacional Electoral), Mexico

2021 Best New ID card

Columbia New eID Card

National Vital Statistics Registry for Colombia

2021 Best New ID or Travel Document

Argentina’s Smart DNI

Argentina National Registry of People

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

2023 Lifetime Achievement

Harald Klint


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

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 28 April 2024.