On 12 April 2016 the Narodowy Bank Polski launched a commemorative 20 zł with De La Rue’s Active™ security thread. The note is issued to celebrate the 1050th Anniversary of the Baptism of Poland.
This commemorative denomination shows a portrait of Mieszko 1, whose baptism on 14 April 966 is considered the baptism of Poland, and his wife Dobrawa. Other religious symbolism includes images of the Gniezno Cathedral which was the first cathedral in Poland and the staurotheke (a cross-shaped reliquary) from OstrÓw Lednicki which is mentioned in chronicles as the site of the first baptism.
De La Rue’s Active™ security thread, which appears on the back of the note, combines lenticular technology with leading edge microscopic fine line printing. The images of 20 and NBP that appear in the thread show a clear switching effect from light to dark and vice versa as the note is tilted left to right.
The notes were printed by the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW SA). De La Rue’s Dr Tim Berridge, Product Marketing Director for Currency said “The launch of our first Active security thread is an exciting day for De La Rue. A number of other customers have adopted this technology so we look forward to future issues of this thread later this year”.
Active™ is a trademark of De La Rue International Limited
Clare Lloyd Williams
Marketing Communications Manager
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About De La Rue:
De La Rue is a leading commercial banknote printer, security paper maker and provider of security products and software solutions and, as a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations around the world, is at the forefront of the battle against the counterfeiter.
As the world’s largest commercial banknote printer, De La Rue provides customers with a fully integrated range of sophisticated products and services which are available either individually or as a whole. This includes a leading design capability, production of innovative security components, manufacture of security paper and polymer substrates and sophisticated printing of banknotes, all contributing to trust in the integrity of currencies.
De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial passport manufacturer in an environment of increasing global concern over security at national boundaries and border control. De La Rue also produces a wide range of other security products, including tax stamps for governments who are seeking to combat illicit trade and collect excise duties. Other products include authentication labels, assuring purchasers of product validity, and government identity documents. In addition the Group manufactures high speed cash sorting and banknote inspection equipment.
De La Rue also provides a range of specialist services and software solutions including government identity schemes, product authentication systems and cash management processing solutions.
De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LON:DLAR).