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banknote: front click to hear : banknote: front

A banknote is paper currency issued by a country’s central bank or by an economic community.
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See banknote: front in : french | spanish
serial number watermark portrait color shifting ink official signature security thread hologram foil strip initials of the issuing bank

serial number click to hear : serial number

Each banknote is identified by a unique combination of numbers and letters.

watermark click to hear : watermark

A feature to prevent counterfeiting; an image that is visible in transmitted light is incorporated into the paper.

portrait click to hear : portrait

Portrait of a famous person such as a prime minister, president, king or queen that appears on a banknote.

color shifting ink click to hear : color shifting ink

A feature to prevent counterfeiting; a special ink is used that changes color when viewed from various angles.

official signature click to hear : official signature

Banknotes are signed by people such as the central bank’s governor (Canada) or president (EU) or the Secretary of the Treasury (U.S.).

security thread click to hear : security thread

A feature to prevent counterfeiting; a dark line that is visible in transmitted light is inserted into the paper.

hologram foil strip click to hear : hologram foil strip

A feature to prevent counterfeiting; the image on the strip changes when the banknote is tilted.

initials of the issuing bank click to hear : initials of the issuing bank