The National Reserve Bank of Tonga announced the release of their latest series of banknotes, designed and printed by De La Rue. This series includes six notes, with the most widely used denominations (5 and 10) printed on SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate.
The design of the new series features a portrait of His Majesty King Tupou IV, complemented by new and established themes on the reverse.
The notes incorporate an array of distinct De La Rue security features. These include:
- NEXUS™: A 18mm wide embedded micro-optic stripe on the $100 note.
- IGNITE®: A dynamic micro-optic thread with the "Drive" effect and denominational numeral, featured on the $50 note.
- PUREIMAGE™: A holographic thread on the $20 note.
- Transparent Windows: Present on the $10 and $20 notes, featuring a high-resolution gravure image, gold iridescence, and denomination-specific tactile embossing for the visually impaired.
- Enhanced GEMINI™ and BLINK™: Level 2 UV security features and machine-readable features present on all denominations.
Ruth Euling, Managing Director of Currency “It has been a real privilege to work with the National Reserve Bank of Tonga in designing and delivering such a visually impressive and technically accomplished series of banknotes. The sophistication and integration of these features across both paper and polymer substrates are a testament to our customer's high standards and De La Rue’s commitment to meeting these expectations.”