The second award was made to the National Bank of Georgia, for the introduction of a new series of lari notes. This is the first redesign in the currency’s 20 year history, which begins with a new 20 and 50 lari with 5, 10 and 100 lari notes to follow.

The designs are based on the existing series, featuring Georgia’s cultural and historical heritage but with a distinctly different and more modern appearance.

Lari banknotes
National Bank of Georgia’s new Lari banknote series
The 50 and 100 lari feature SPARK® for the first time, while the 20 lari features OVI for the first time (as will the new 5 and 10 lari notes). The new notes also include a holographic stripe in which the image matches the portrait on the note, iridescent stripe and demetallised colour shift window thread. The mould-made watermark also matches the portrait, and is supplemented by an electrotype with the denomination and the currency symbol for the lari.

Additional security features include visible and UV fluorescent fibres, latent image, see-through feature and microtext. In addition to the ascending order in the size of the notes, the visually-impaired have also been catered for by the use of raised intaglio bars on either side of the note, the number of which denote the denomination.

The award was received by Mariam Zavradashvili of the National Bank of Georgia.