A few days before Christmas, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas came out with new banknotes for the Philippine currency, a move that is hoped to curb counterfeiting in the country.
The new batch of banknotes focused on showcasing the country’s wonderful spots and places such as the the Banaue Rice Terraces, Taal Lake, Mayon Volcano, Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River, and the Tubbataha Reef. [See five tips to get your clients pay in cash here]
Here are some of the security features present in the new banknotes:
1. Embossed Print
Raised prints that feel rough to the touch are in most printed words of the banknotes. President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino\\\'s signature, the portraits of the national heroes, and the banknotes\\\' value are also embossed in the latest Philippine bills.
2. Serial Number
The serial numbers composed of a prefix letter or two followed by six to seven asymmetric digits located on the lower left and upper right corners of the face of the banknote.
3. Security Fibers
Red and blue visible fibers embedded on the paper at random and glow in two colors under ultraviolet lights. [Read about the continued upbeat performance of the economy here]
A shadow image of the portrait and the numeric figure is seen at the blank space of the note when viewed against the light from either side of the note.
5. See-through Mark
The word “Pilipino” written in the pre-Spanish writing system known as Baybayin, appears in its complete form only under the ultra-violet light.
6. Concealed Value
The denominational value which is superimposed on the smaller version portrait on the upper left side of the note only becomes obvious when the note is tilted at a 45 degree angle.
7. Security Thread
The security thread is a stitch-like metallic thread running vertically across the note which changes color from red to green. The front and back of the thread bears an alphanumeric encryption.
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