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European Central Bank ends production and issuance of €500 notes / ECB website, 4 May 2016 + + + + + + Banknotes in circulation increased by 52% from 2011 – 2015 / Banco de Mozambique + + + + + + Number of US$ notes in circulation increased from 29.5 bn in 2010 to 38.1 bn in 2015 (+29%) / Website FED + + + + + + + + + Cash Becoming Obsolete as Digital and Contactless Payments Increase /, 12 October 2015

Life cycle testing and wear resistance of banknotes


A banknote is a highly complex product which has to fulfill numerous specific requirements in terms of security and wear resistance. Depending on the region, conditions can impact the life span of a banknote. Using standardised laboratory test methods, the life cycle of a banknote can be analysed and examined. This presentation will provide an overview of the general concept of life cycle testing on banknotes and will look in more detail at standardised test methods agreed by consensus which could be considered by industry.

World Banknote Summit 2018 in Frankfurt

The next World Banknote Summit will take place in the Westin Grand Hotel in Frankfurt from 24 – 26 September 2018.


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