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Polymer Banknotes



During the late 70's, early 80's a concept to create a alternative to paper money that could not be easily forged  & would last longer than the traditional paper banknotes was born. A trial attempt was made with an existing industrial plastic  called "Tyvex ". 

Costa Rica and Haiti issued the first "Tyvex "  banknotes in 1983. The results were poor, especially in a tropical environment. The ink smudged easily and the banknotes were withdrawn from circulation a shortly after they had been issued.

In the same year the Isle Of Man issued an experimental banknote made of a plastic called "Bradvek ".

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On the 28th of January Australia issued the first  "Polymer" banknote, a $10 banknote made out of a material called "Guardian ". The main features were a transparent window & a security hologram that made the note difficult to reproduce & could therefore not be easily forged.

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From then on other nations have changed from using  paper banknotes to polymer banknotes . I'm sure that other nations will follow this example in the near future. Many countries of the world have already issued commemorative polymer banknotes.



Issuing Nations Of Polymer Banknotes


 Northern Ireland  -------------- Romania


Bangladesh Brunei China
Indonesia Kuwait Malaysia
Nepal Singapore Sri Lanka
Taiwan Thailand Vietnam



South America

Brazil Chile Mexico


Australia New Zealand Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands -------------- Western Samoa