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Security features of a banknote

February 3, 2021

Certain substances, special elements or hard-to-reproduce printing processes that are incorporated into a banknote during its manufacture for the purpose of making it difficult to counterfeit and to facilitate its recognition. Examples of widely used security features are the following: intaglio-printing, ink layer with embossed relief, watermarks, threads and foils, matching motifs and optically variable elements such as holograms and optically variable inks. These are verified through looking, feeling and tilting or by instruments such as magnifying glasses and ultraviolet lamps. Some features are designed for detection by sensors integrated in machines for verifying and processing banknotes.