Banknotes and coins resources
The ongoing vigilance of the retail and banking industry plays a key role in helping to protect New Zealand's currency. To help maintain our strong track record against counterfeiting, the banknotes are being upgraded to introduce the latest security features. While sophisticated to produce, the new features are designed to be extremely easy to use.
Series 7 banknotes
This information provides detail for you and your organisation on the new security features of Series 7 banknotes.
Download the PDFs:
- New banknotes handling guide (PDF 8.5MB)
- New banknotes security features (PDF 8MB)
- Explore the details of the new banknotes (PDF 2MB)
- Take a closer look: Feel - look - tilt (PDF 3.5MB)
- Check Series 7 banknotes (PDF 3.5MB)
- Banknote designs - information on the images included in the Series 7 banknotes (PDF 2.6MB)
- Dealing with a suspicious banknote (PDF 320KB)
Series 6 banknotes
This information provides detail for you and your organisation on the security features of Series 6 banknotes.
Download the PDFs:
Information on the Brighter Money banknote upgrade
- 2010 Currency Survey
- Industry engagement
- Brighter Money background
- Bulletin article: Designing New Zealand's new banknote series (PDF 3.18MB)
- Special thanks
Returning old or damaged currency forms
You can return old New Zealand currency or damaged New Zealand banknotes to the Reserve Bank.
Anzac circulating commemorative coin
Life-cycle of banknotes and coins
Banknote gauges to help people with sight loss better identify New Zealand’s currency have been released by the Reserve Bank in collaboration with organisations representing the blindness community.
On 11 April 2016, Governor-General Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae along with the Reserve Bank launched the final three denominations in a series of new banknotes that include new security features.
Watch the videos of the Brighter Money launch, from the first announcement in November 2014 to the launch of the $20, $50 and $100 banknotes in April 2016.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation. Take a look at what Hauraki's Matt and Jeremy have been up to with the brand new $20 note.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation! The Hits' Flynny was lucky enough to check out the $50 note.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation. ZM's Guy and Georgia were lucky enough to check out the $100 note.