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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 The ink smudged easily and the banknotes were withdrawn from circulation a shortly after they had been issued.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
 

Europe

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

Asia

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

Africa

Zambia
 

South America

Brazil Chile Mexico
 

Oceania

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