Armenia’s hybrid collectible 500 drams banknote "Noah's Ark" won the "Best Banknote of the Year in the Region" award at the High Security Printing EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) conference, held in Warsaw, Poland, in February 2018.
The note was released on 22nd November 2017, a day which is celebrated as Armenian Currency Day. The 140 x 76 mm banknote is printed on high-quality Hybrid ™ composite material. Both sides are covered with cotton paper. A thin layer of polyester is implanted for protection. It depicts a multi-colored Noyan Tapan (Noah's Ark) watermark and a face value watermark.
The organizer of the conference, Reconnaissance International Company presented the award. Countries like Russia, Georgia, Israel, England, Switzerland etc. participated in the competition.
Design, technical features and high-level protection are some of the parameters which are considered for the competition. Presentation of the cultural heritage, relation between currency’s design and the symbolic elements are some other factors which are also taken into consideration.
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