Lesotho new 200-loti note (B232a) wins 2024 Best New Commemorative Banknote award

Two banknotes featuring Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) technology received the “Regional Banknote of the Year Award” at the High Security Printing (HSP) EMEA industry conference: Lesotho’s first Green Banknote and Morocco’s new 100-dirham banknote. 

Each year at the HSP Conference, banknotes that combine outstanding design, technical sophistication, and the highest security standards are recognized with the “Regional Banknote of the Year Award”. The winning banknotes combine artistic demands with excellent technology and security, and reflect the cultural background of the country in an appealing way. 

The Lesotho 200-loti note is one of the world’s first “green” banknotes featuring greater environmental protection and sustainability. The banknote paper core consists of 75 percent sustainably certified “cotton made in Africa” and 25 percent certified cellulose fibers from sustainable forestry. The natural fiber substrate is laminated with a thinner PET film, and the security thread carrier foil is largely made from recycled PET, significantly reducing the amount of plastic. In addition, mineral-oil-free inks were used for simultaneous printing. Thanks to its sustainable materials and durability, this “green” banknote has the lowest lifecycle carbon footprint of any note on the market. 

Courtesy of Valeria Jessen (G&D).

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