Security Features of the Philippine New Generation Currency

The New Generation Currency (NGC) series of banknotes contain a number of design highlights and security feature. As noted in the primer on the NGC, there are four levels of security. Level 1 security features can be easily recognized by the public without use of special instrument. These are the “look, feel, tilt” elements in the notes such as watermark, security thread, security fibers and others.

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These are the Level 1 security features of the New Generation Currency banknotes, reproduced from documents from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas:

1. Embossed prints

Raised prints that feel rough to the touch, i.e., the words REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS and DALAWAMPUNG PISO, portrait, signatures, value panels on the face of the note.

2. Serial number

Composed of 1 or 2 prefix letters and 6 or 7 asymmetric (increasing in size) digits located at the lower left and upper right corners of the face of the note.

3. Security fibers

Red and blue, visible fibers embedded on the paper at random and glow in two colors under the ultraviolet light.

4. Watermark

A shadow image of the portrait and the denominational value (20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000) seen at the blank space on the note when viewed against the light from either side of the note.

5. See-through mark

The word “PILIPINO” written in Babaylan (pre-Spanish Philippine writing system) is seen in complete form when the note is viewed against the light.

6. Concealed value

The denominational value which is superimposed on the smaller version portrait at the upper left side of the note. The value becomes obvious when the note is rotated 45 degrees and tilted down.

7. Security thread

An embedded thread running vertically across the note which is visible from either side of the note when viewed against the light.

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