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30 million banknotes for Honduras

More and more money produced in Poland ends up in wallets in faraway countries. For several years now the people in Guatemala and Paraguay have been using banknotes printed in Poaland. Soon, the Polish Security Printing Works will begin printing lempira, the currency used in Honduras.

The production of sample prints has just begun. In total the printing works in Sanguszki street in Warsaw will print 30 million of 20 lempira banknotes. Each banknote is worth slightly less than one American dollar. Therefore, the total value of the money to be produced by PWPW will amount to approximately 28,5 million USD.

In 2016, in accordance with the contract, we will deliver all the banknotes ordered by the Central Bank of Honduras to the client. For security reasons we will not announce either the specific or even approximate date of such transport – explains Grażyna Rafalska, director of PWPW’s International Sales Department.

This is not the first order of this type placed by a South American country. In 2012 PWPW printed and delivered to Paraguay 20 million of 10000 guarani banknotes. Two years later – 30 million of quetzal banknotes used in Guatemala. Banknotes produced in Poland are of the highest quality. It is proven by the fact that last October the Central Bank of Paraguay commissioned the Polish printing works to produce further 28 million banknotes of two denominations: 10000 and 20000 guarani.

This is the result of PWPW’s consistent export policy. For several years now we have been paying special attention to the markets in South America; we still haven’t said our last word when it comes to the orders from that region – explains Grażyna Rafalska, director of PWPW’s International Sales Department.

The name of the Honduran currency – Lempira – is derived from the name of the chief of the Lenca tribe who gathered a 30 thousand-strong army in the 1530s to fight the conquistadors led by Francisco de Montejo. Green is the dominating colour. The obverse features a portrait of the “father of the Honduran nation” – Dionisio de Herrera – author of Honduras’s declaration of independence and the first president of the country whose term ran from 1824 to 1827.

The interesting fact is that he was also the head of state in Nicaragua and Salvador as part of the United Provinces of Central America. The banknote’s reverse features the building of the former presidential residence used from 1922 until 1992, currently the National Archive of Honduras and the Presidential Museum.


For more information contact:
Paweł Prus
PWPW S.A. Press Spokesman,
tel. +48 22 235 32 00
mobile +48 727 043 200


PWPW (Polish Security Printing Works)

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