Last week the Central Bank of Libya issued its new 5 Dinar denomination on SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate, marking the 10th anniversary of the Libyan Revolution. This is the second banknote on SAFEGUARD®, following on from the 1 Dinar in 2018. Like the 1 Dinar the new SAFEGUARD® 5 Dinar features a complex window depicting Libya’s iconic resistance leader Omar Mukhtar, the “hide and reveal” substrate feature, MASK™ and the UV ink feature GEMINI™.
The 5 Dinar is also the first banknote in the world to be issued with SAFEGUARD® ARGENTUM as part of the polymer substrate. This highly reflective silver ink forms part of the polymer substrate and has been integrated into the polymer window of the 5 Dinar banknote as five mirror-like shapes, representing the denominational value, around the edge of the window.
The banknote has been sensitively designed to look consistent with the previous paper banknote and to align with the style of the SAFEGUARD® 1 Dinar.
Mr Milud El Tahar Fortas of the Central Bank of Libya said “Following the success of the 1 Dinar on SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate we are pleased to mark this historic occasion with a new polymer 5 Dinar banknote. Thank you to De La Rue for their close partnership, enabling this state-of-the-art note to be issued on this historic occasion.”
Ruth Euling, Managing Director, Currency said "It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have partnered with the Central Bank of Libya as they upgraded their second polymer banknote onto SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate. Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in the design and manufacture of this modern, secure banknote."
De La Rue's market-leading Currency division provides banknote security features, secure polymer substrate and fully finished banknotes to half of all central banks and currency issuing authorities around the world.
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