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Innovative security features for banknotes - DASA funding call

February 20, 2020

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The new £20 note was released on 20th Feb 2020, with a new range of security features to make counterfeiting more difficult than ever.

Made from polymer, the note carries features such as: holograms that change as the note is tilted, see-though windows with graphics, foil patches, raised dots, and an ultra-violet number 20 (Bank of England, 2020).

The Bank of England is looking ahead and inviting ideas to develop novel, overt, security features and print technologies for consideration for potential use in future generations of banknotes.

With this in mind, DASA has a recent open call - Innovative security features for bank notes


Public confidence in currency is directly related to the ability of the user to accurately and quickly authenticate a banknote.

The Bank of England is now looking ahead and inviting ideas to develop novel, overt, security features and print technologies for consideration for potential use in future generations of banknotes.

These technologies should be:

  • difficult to counterfeit or simulate
  • easy and intuitive to use for the public; or retailer, using a simple tool if necessary
  • easy to communicate
  • durable
  • compatible with high volume printing techniques; representing good value for money with a high production yield
  • suitable for integration into a banknote design

Security technologies in the family of holographic foils, lenticular lens features, optically variable inks or technologies that require a complex tool to authenticate or decode will not be considered.

Project size

£50,000  - £350,000

Interested in submitting a bid?

Call us on 01925 506100 or email v.cottrell@inventya.com if you want to discuss a bid for this funding

More informtion can be found on the DASA site here

February 20, 2020
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