The imagery and themes of the Series 7 ‘Brighter Money’ banknotes

Release date
13/12/2016
Reference
Vol. 79. No. 15. December 2016
Author
Matthew Wright
ISSN
1177-8644

The Series 7 banknotes, introduced from late 2015, represented the first major re-design of New Zealand’s banknotes since the early 1990s. Although the selection of people, places, birds and other pictorial themes remained largely unchanged from the earlier Series 5 and 6 notes, the specific imagery was updated and full advantage taken of modern printing techniques to increase the reproduction fidelity. Some of the new security features, such as the ‘Spark Live’ bird image and the holographic window, are themselves of significant aesthetic appeal.