Best Banknote and ID Document


Regional Banknote and ID Document of the Year Awards to Go Online for 2021

One of the highlights of the High Security Printing™ conferences each year are the regional awards for the best banknotes and ID documents. Thanks to COVID-19, no in-person HSP has been possible since the last event in Lisbon in March 2020, just before the world went into lockdown. And with a question mark still hanging over the resumption of conferences, at least for the rest of this year, Reconnaissance International, organiser of the HSP events, has decided to bridge the gap by holding a series of virtual awards instead.

There will be three categories for each of the Banknote of the Year and ID Document of the Year awards for each region – Asia, EMEA and Latin-America. And three separate virtual award ceremonies where the winners will be announced, all taking place on the same day but appropriate for the time zone of the relevant region.

The deadline for nominations is 30 April 2022.

Award Categories

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 three categories:
  • Best New Banknote
  • Best New Banknote Series
  • Best New Commemorative Banknote
Judging panel:
  • David Tidmarsh – Chairman of Currency Publications Ltd (co-publishers of Currency News)
  • Mark Stevenson – President of the International Banknote Designers Association
  • Lydia Yip – former Head of the Currency Division, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
  • Lahcen Hadouni – former Director General of the Moroccan printworks Dar as-Sikkah
  • Francisco Mandiola – former Managing Director of Casa de Moneda Chile

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.
Judging panel:
  • Francis Tuffy – ID & Secure Document News Editor
  • Achim Hildebrandt – Former Head of Passports and ID Cards, Federal Ministry of the Interior – Germany
  • Dr Alan Hodgson – Alan Hodgson Consulting Ltd
  • John Mercer Senior Associate, AJW-Inc.
  • Monica Peralta – Document Expert at the Argentina Immigration Department.
  • Tony Poole – Partner, AJW Inc.

Any new note (or series) or ID document (card, passport, licence) issued since the last live HSP events will be considered. So for the Latin American awards, any project from June 2019. For the Asia and EMEA awards, any project from December 2019 and March 2020 respectively. 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 clicking the button 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. You will also need to provide a short video.

The deadline for nominations is  30 April 2022. The award ceremonies will be held in early December.

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your nomination.

2021 Winners

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Regional Banknote of the Year

Best New Series

Qatari 5th series

Qatar Central Bank

Best New Banknote

English £50

Bank of England

Best New Commemorative Banknote

Namibian 30 Dollar

Bank of Namibia

Regional ID Document of the Year

Best New ePassport

Estonian ePassport

Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

Best New National eID Card

French eID card

French Ministry of the Interior

Best New National eID Card

German eID card


Best New ID or Travel Document

Monaco Residents Permit

Département de l’Intérieur de Monaco

Previous Years’ Winners

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Regional Banknote 

2020 Best New Series

New Dram Series

Central Bank of Armenia

2020 Best New Banknote

JMW Turner £20

Bank of England

2020 Best New Commemorative Banknote

19 Zloty

National Bank of Poland

2019 Best New Series

Swiss Franc 9th Series

Swiss National Bank

2019 Best New Banknote


Bulgaria National Bank

2019 Best New Commemorative Banknote

Rand – Mandela Series

South African Reserve Bank

2018 Best New Banknote

500 Dram

Central Bank of Armenia

2018 Best New Commemorative Banknote

2000 Som

National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic

2017 Best New Banknote

500 Zloty

Narodowy Bank Polski

2016 Best New Series

Lari Series

National Bank of Georgia

2016 Best New Banknote

20,000 Tenge

National Bank of Kazakhstan

2015 Best New Banknote

20 Zloty

National Bank of Poland

2014 Best New Banknote

100 Rubles

Central Bank of Russia

Regional ID Document

2020 Best New National eID Card

Belgium’s New National eID Card

Belgian National Register

2020 Best New National eID Card

Latvia’s New National eID Card

Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, Latvia

2020 Best New ePassport

Malta New ePassport

Identity Malta

2020 Best New ePassport

Lithuania New ePassport

Service of Technological Security of State Documents, Lithuania

2019 Best New ePassport

New Tanzanian ePassport

Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania

2019 Best New National eID Card

New National eID Card

Police and Border Guard Board of Estonia

2019 Best New ID Document

New ID Document

Germany Bundeskriminalamt

2018 Best New ePassport

New Kuwait ePassport

Kuwait Ministry of Interior

2018 Best New National eID Card

Jordan’s New eID Card

Ministry of Interior, Jordan

2017 Best New ID Document

New Finnish eID and ePassport

Ministry of the Interior Finland

2016 Best New National eID Card

DNI Electrónico 3.0

Spanish National Police Corps

2016 Best New ID card

Irish Passport Card

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ireland

2015 Best New ID card

Romania’s Identity Card

Ministry of Interior and Public Administration, Romania

2014 Best New ePassport

Irish E-Passport

Irish Passport Office

Special Achievement Award

2017 Special Achievement Award

1 Rial

Central Bank of Oman

2017 Special Achievement Award

Service of Technological Security of State Documents

Ministry of Finance, Lithuania

2014 Special Achievement Award

750 Years as a Paper Producer


Make a Nomination

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

Nominations are also sought from the high security printing community and this community will be invited to take part in the process of shortlisting winners as well.

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 30 April 2022.