Our Specimens

Despite our industry’s best intentions, challenges and threats appear to evolve at almost the same rate as innovation in high security printing technology. To demonstrate the high performance of our equipment, and our extensive know-how in banknote design, we have produced many specimen banknotes over the years. Each one demonstrates a significant step forward in technology and co

Despite our industry’s best intentions, challenges and threats appear to evolve at almost the same rate as innovation in high security printing technology. To demonstrate the high performance of our equipment, and our extensive know-how in banknote design, we have produced many specimen banknotes over the years.

Each one demonstrates a significant step forward in technology and competence.

2021 - Laika series

Five denominations of the Laika series will be released, presenting 11 Security Features including tactile marks, see-through registers, SUSI Flip™ and SPARK® Flow.

2017 - 2019 – SUSI Optics™ and SUSI Flip™

SUSI Flip™ is an advanced fluorescent security feature taking advantage of the latest Simultan Offset printing technology. It combines two to four UV colours allowing a complete switch between the daylight image and the UV designs.

The SUSI Optics™ specimen is the result of close collaboration between Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions and some of the industry's leading experts. It features the LenSys SUSI Optics™ feature that is visually striking, easy to authenticate, but very difficult to counterfeit.

2018 – FAMILY

The Family specimen is the third and final banknote of the Generation series and connects both the Level 1 features for the general public with a high quality Level 2 features for automated circulation.

2017 – SENIORITY

This is the second specimen in the Generation series showcasing what we believe a high denomination or store value note can look like.

2016 – CHILDHOOD

This is the first specimen of three in our Generation series and depicts the early, nurturing stages of life. Launched during our Banknotes Horizons event in June, it features many new innovative security features.

2010 – FLOWER POWER

High performance registration offset printing on Super Simultan IV

2010 – CASH CYCLE

To demonstrate the link between the cash cycle and banknote engineering

2008 – 2D-IRIS

Produced using the new 2D-Iris Super Simultan IV module

2007 – JULES VERNE VERTICAL POSITIONING

Produced using the OPTI-Windows window cut and lamination module

2004 – JULES VERNE

Printed for the Banknote Horizons world-wide demonstration on a new production line comprised of: Super Simultan IV / NotaScreen / OptiNota-H / Super Orlof Intaglio / Super Numerota / NotaCheck III / CutPak III / NotaProtector / ErgoSys

2003 – LORD BYRON

Intaglio print using plates produced with the CTiP laser engraving system

2000 – LEONARDO DA VINCI

Printed for Le Mont 2000 world-wide demonstration on a complete production line comprised of: Super Simultan 212 / NotaScreen / OptiNota-H / Super Orlof Intaglio / Super Check Numerota / CutPack II / NotaCheck II / CutCheck / ErgoSys

1994 – GUTENBERG V2

Sample of Foil Application process on the OptiNota-H and Screen application of OVI® ink on the NotaScreen

1990 – AMERBACH

Study on deep Intaglio engraving (up to 320 microns)

1989 – CASTIGLIONE V2

4 colours offset Orlof + 1 wet colour

1986 – GUTENBERG

Orlof offset and Intaglio on a combined machine

1984 – CASTIGLIONE

4 colours offset Orlof + 1 wet colour

1978-1981 – PUSHKIN

Simultan Offset in super size format with 8 wet colours, plus 3 colours Intaglio

1962 – SHAKESPEARE

High quality 3 colours Intaglio printing

1959 – PEGASUS

Simultan printing (5 colours, 3 front and 2 reverse)

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