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« on: May 09, 2015, 09:30:35 pm »

I happened to stumble across this international currency conference at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, BC.  It starts, May 10-13, 2015.

This is the premier global conference for the banknote industry.  All the majors central banks will be in attendance, along with many currency printers, currency designers, and security experts.  The Bank of England, Reserve Bank of Australia, Bank of Mexico, US Federal Reserve, Bank of Canada, European Central Bank, and other central banks around the world, will be presenting at this meeting.

http://www.currencyconference.com/

I looked at the agenda, presentations, and speakers, and it seems to be an awesome conference talking about:
- The future of cash
- Currency planning and issuance
- Central Bank currency functions and cash operations
- Currency lifecycle and forecasting
- Technology trends
- Anticounterfeiting discussions

Here is a link to the brochure and individual speakers (currency experts from many central banks will presenting):
http://www.currencyconference.com/brochure/

Presenters, biography, and details of topics to be discussed:
http://www.currencyconference.com/featured-presentations-and-presenters#michelle_bullock

The Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins will also be presenting at the conference.

Agenda:
http://www.currencyconference.com/files/downloads/2015_Currency_Conference_Agenda.pdf

There is also an exclusive, behind the scenes look, of the Bank of Canada Currency Operations Tour for delegates:
http://www.currencyconference.com/vancouver-boc-tour

And also, a Royal Canadian Mint production tour (more detailed, than a regular public tour):
http://www.currencyconference.com/rcm-tour

Also on hand, Bank of Canada, Director of Research, Currency Department.

This sounds like a great conference.  I am sure security will be tight at the Exhibit Halls and Booths viewing. 

Here's a link to all my personal photos that I took of the conference through my flickr account:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1gUYWo



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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2015, 12:55:15 am »

Free samples, I wonder?
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2015, 01:44:40 am »

I took a sneak peak at the displays...tons of specimen notes and experimental notes from the various central banks.   Totally cool. 

Various printers such as De La Rue, Crane Paper, Canadian Bank Note Company, etc, have displays. 

I would not be surprised samples were given out to delegates.


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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2015, 09:45:42 am »

Thanks for all the info on the conference, one question are you attending?
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2015, 12:05:17 pm »

Hi docstrange,  Unfortunately, I am unable to attend.   

Change that.  I just returned from the Exhibit Halls, and met a few people.    I will post some photos of the event later.   There was LOTS of samples and TEST notes given out to government delegates by the various security money manufacturers. 

I was in awe.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015, 05:35:46 pm »

Hi coinsplus,

I learned about this conference just today from seeing this thread, and within a half an hour was down at the Bayshore. I tried to stroll in but was stopped by security and directed to the registration desk, who just laughed when I asked if I could have a visitor's pass. They insisted that it was for pre-registered attendees only.

How did you get in if you wren't registered? Dark suit? I'm guessing my jeans and bike helmet dangling from my backpack didn't help my chances any.  :'(

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2015, 06:39:38 pm »

Security is tight, especially when you have government dignitaries walking around.  There's actually undercover RCMP officers inside the Exhibit Hall. 
 
I got lucky.  I bumped into an old school friend who is an attendee representing the Canadian Bank Note Company.   We went to high school together in Ontario many years ago.  He allowed me to accompany him.

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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2015, 09:52:51 pm »

Vow - Thx for sharing. Would have loved to go.


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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2015, 09:56:56 pm »

Is that a real US $100 given out :-)

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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2015, 01:16:43 am »

Cool to see details. Never knew this existed.
Thanks coins plus for the lowdown.



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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2015, 03:23:54 pm »

Coinsplus your post brought up discussion with some colleagues of mine and my love for banknotes. I was just given a few of these internal test notes that I thought I would share :)

Front
http://imagizer.imageshack.com/img661/7831/IDgLmC.jpg

Back
http://imagizer.imageshack.com/img673/7569/xP7xtC.jpg
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2015, 03:33:05 pm »

I should add that these are used for internal bank machine testing.

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« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2015, 06:02:19 pm »

Hi Manada,

Nice test note that you have there.

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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2015, 11:09:28 pm »

Wow, thanks for posting coinsplus. And to think I was just steps away from seeing all of that - so close and yet so far.  :'(

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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2015, 06:56:46 pm »

Wow. Man I tried to pay for this conference and they would not accept my registration. :(

Please let me know if you are willing to pull strings for me for the next one. Do you know where it is going to be?

Thx for sharing the information.

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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2015, 07:02:36 pm »

Hello fellow collectors,



Leonhard Zurz Stiftung & Company booth:  This firm provides the hologram film on our Canadian Polymer Frontier Notes.


I wonder what they would say if they were to be asked about the many notes discovered in bricks with no hologram images.


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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2015, 11:37:20 pm »

I will take individual photos of the various proto-type, test polymer substrate, polymer/paper notes when I have time.

Many of the notes are beautiful, with state-of-the art polymer technology.   You will see some very rare test notes that are seldom seen anywhere. 

I was also fortunate to be introduced to a few top-level central bank delegates.   Many of whom provided their business cards and autographs.   I will share those later.
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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2015, 11:57:42 pm »

@rupiah:  They are very selective who attends.  You have to be pre-qualified.   The registration cost is $2,500 (and that does NOT include hotel and/or airfare):   http://www.currencyconference.com/registeration-information

As for the hologram notes missed during production of Canada's polymer notes, Kurz is just a supplier of the technology and receives a royalty.   The Canadian Bank Note Company is responsible for adhering to the quality control.

It was interesting to see some delegates not very satisfied about Canada's polymer notes at the Starbucks store at the Westin Hotel.  They were talking amongst themselves, feeling and looking at the circulated polymer notes.

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« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2015, 09:28:13 pm »

@rupiah:  They are very selective who attends.  You have to be pre-qualified.   The registration cost is $2,500 (and that does NOT include hotel and/or airfare):   http://www.currencyconference.com/registeration-information

As for the hologram notes missed during production of Canada's polymer notes, Kurz is just a supplier of the technology and receives a royalty.   The Canadian Bank Note Company is responsible for adhering to the quality control.



Thx. - I know - I tried to register but they would not let me. My push for making sure that BoC is more inclusive of engaging people in design continues behind the scenes.

Re: The hologram - It is a substarte issue and I would doubt that it would be up to CBNC. The hologram along with the Maple Leafs around the full height window, the opacifying layers and the small maple leaf window are all in the substrate as they come to CBNC.

So whoever manufactures the hologram is more than likely to be responsible for missing holograms on bank notes.

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« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2015, 09:31:17 pm »

Here are some of the materials that were provided to me after speaking to various manufacturer's sales representatives.



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« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2015, 10:36:15 pm »

@rupiah,

I found out the process that the Bank of Canada uses when manufacturing a polymer note, from the BoC presentation at the conference.  They have implemented a process called the Single Note Inspection Process.



When I spoke with a Kurz represntative, the hologram foil on the Canadian polymer note is their technology.   When I spoke with an Innovia (Guardian) representative, they said they incorporate the Kurz hologram foil into their Guardian polymer note substrate.   A lot of the companies surprising co-operate each other and incorporate other technologies into their product. 

When the polymer note substrate along with the hologram foil is incorporated, the CBN prints the remainder of the polymer note.  It is surprising and interesting to note that BA International is the party that cuts the sheets of notes, and inspects the note for defects, etc. 
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« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2015, 12:02:00 am »

That's interesting that CBN does the printing and BAI the cutting and inspecting.

Information about who's printing what really has changed over time. This doc from 2011 says that both BAI and CBN will be printing the notes. A few months later BAI announced that that it will stop printing but will endeavor to continue so supply "banknote-related services" (that sounds like the cutting and inspecting that coinsplus was talking about) to the BoC.

The big question is... what does this mean for the printer identifier letter at the beginning of the serial number? If CBN's printing everything and BAI is cutting/inspecting, does the first letter of the prefix have anything to do with the printer anymore at all?
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« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2015, 05:38:30 pm »

The Oberthur test note is cataloged as FRAN-161a in The Catalog of Printers' Test Notes - 10th Edition.

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« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2015, 04:07:23 pm »

I found an unattributed printer's test note from Toppan today.  It looked familiar, then I remembered seeing the booth shot from the Vancouver Currency Conference with the "horse" house note on full display at the Toppan booth.  Thought I would show it off here.  Hope you got samples while you were there!  This note has showed up commercially only twice - sold for $400.  Catalog number TP-101 in the upcoming Catalog of Printers' Test Notes - 11th Edition.



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« Reply #24 on: February 12, 2017, 12:54:02 am »

Here are some of the polymer test notes.  More to follow:



























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