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Banknotes

PWPW produces banknotes at the request of the National Bank of Poland and central banks of other countries.  The production process is carried out with the use of state-of-the-art printing machines and devices that employ steel-engraving technique, type-offset, screen printing, letterpress or flexography.

Production of banknotes
Banknote paper
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  • At PWPW banknotes are printed on security paper produced in our own paper mill.  The use of numerous printing technologies at high level as well as special inks guarantees perfect securing of the banknotes.   

    PWPW produces banknotes for both domestic and foreign markets.

    A good banknote must be carefully designed, properly secured and perfectly printed.  Only then is its nominal value unchallengeable.  Therefore, the printing of banknotes is a challenge for any printing house. Traditional artistic techniques must be ideally harmonised with state-of-the-art technologies.

Paper banknotes

  • While producing banknotes PWPW uses a number of specialised printing techniques such as offset, steel engraving, letterpress and screen printing.  The application of various techniques guarantees perfect securing of the banknotes.  

    Thanks to perfect technology, highly qualified personnel and state-of-the art machine park PWPW is one of the best recognised and most appreciated printing houses operating in the market of highly secured documents.

    The fact that PWPW has been included in the list of entities authorised to produce Euro banknotes is yet another proof of its meeting of the highest quality and security standards.

Polymer banknotes

  • PWPW is open to technological novelties and constantly changing needs of its clients. Therefore, the firm is present in the group of the very few enterprises in the world which have the required competencies to produce banknotes on Guardian® polymer substrate. This proves our readiness to accept even the most demanding and sophisticated orders.

Security features

  • The security features used in banknotes include, among others, anti-copying background made of very thin lines, multi-colour iris, i.e., gradual shift from one colour to the other along the entire banknote, recto-verso, negative and positive microprints.  In addition, special inks, such as latent or UV active inks, may also be used in the printing process. Steel engraving is a security feature itself and not many printing houses in the world are able to use this technology. The characteristic raising of the printed motif is easy to detect by the user and helps to verify authenticity of a banknote. Additionally, this technology allows for introducing additional security features, such as, for example, latent image, micro-prints, optically changing rosettes, as well as the use of special-feature inks.

  • Properly secured paper produced in own paper mill is the key element of any banknote. PWPW uses 100% cotton paper with multi-tone watermark and a security thread. The paper is highly resistant to damaging and, therefore, the life-cycle of the banknote is very long.

  • At the client's request, PWPW may apply any of the banknote security methods used in the world and meet any requirement as to the type and quality of the paper.
    Depending on needs we offer a board range of security features in paper.  The most frequent security features include watermarks, also in the form of filigree, or various security threads and fibres.  PWPW may also offer special antibacterial coatings which increase resistance to soiling. 

  • PWPW produces banknotes for both domestic and foreign markets.  We have our own paper mill where the banknote paper is produced.  

    PWPW has been included in the list of entities authorised to print Euro banknotes.   

    PWPW has been awarded a GPA certificate (Guardian Printer Accreditation) which proves that the firm has met all requirements for production of banknotes on Guardian® polymer substrate.

Polish banknotes currently in use

  • Banknotes in the series of "Polish Sovereigns" designed by Andrzej Heidrich have been the legal tender in Poland from 1 January 1995.  On 7 April 2014, the National Bank of Poland started to gradually introduce to circulation new banknotes of this series with modernised security features.  All Polish banknotes are produced by PWPW.

Collectable banknotes

  • The collectable banknote of PLN 20 with the image of Józef Piłsudski, produced by PWPW, was awarded the title of the best collectable banknote in the world.  This distinction was awarded to PWPW at the international Currency Conference in Vancouver, Canada, held in May 2015.  The same banknote was also given a prestigious "Banknote of the Year Award”.  It was awarded at the High Security Printing Conference organised in Budapest on
    23-25 March 2015.

    Since 2006 PWPW has been producing collectable banknotes at the request of the National Bank of Poland.  

Export banknotes

  • PWPW produces banknotes for various countries in the world.  In the recent years, it produced banknotes for, among others, Paraguay, Guatemala, Georgia or Honduras.  In addition, PWPW is a supplier of security paper on which banknotes of various countries are printed.

Certificates

  • PWPW has been included in the list of entities authorised to print Euro banknotes.

    In addition, it has been awarded a GPA certificate (Guardian Printer Accreditation) which confirms that the firm has met all requirements for production of banknotes on Guardian® polymer substrate.


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PWPW (Polish Security Printing Works)

1 Sanguszki Street
00-222 Warsaw, Poland
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tel. (+48) 22 235 20 00
fax (+48) 22 235 24 50
pwpw@pwpw.pl