The Plastic Banknote

The Plastic Banknote : From Concept to Reality

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'Have you got any ideas on how to make a better banknote?'

In the late 1960s, the detection of counterfeit banknotes and the rise of new photographic and copying technologies prompted the Reserve Bank of Australia to explore options for increasing the security of currency. A top secret research project, undertaken by CSIRO and the Bank, resulted in the development of the world's first successful plastic banknotes. This technology is now used in over 30 countries.

This book describes the story of the Currency Notes Research and Development project from its inception in 1968 through to the release of the $10 Australian bicentennial plastic banknote in 1988. It exemplifies a market-driven project which resulted in advances in science, technology and approaches to commercialisation, and a fundamental change in banknote security.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 064309427X
  • 9780643094277
  • 1,642,311

About David Solomon

David Solomon is a Professional Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Prof Solomon was the CSIRO project leader of the Currency Notes Research and Development project. Prof Solomon was awarded the 2011 Prime Minister's Prize for Science for his overall contributions to polymer science.

Tom Spurling is a Professor in the Center for Transformative Innovation at the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and was an occasional member of the Currency Notes Research and Development project team during his career with CSIRO.
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