Banknote Conference Logo


When Currency Research became the new organizer of the Banknote Conference in 2015, we invited the Primary Sponsors to engage in the Conference in a new way—as designers of the conference logo. The Primary Sponsors offer a wealth of design talent, given their long traditions and associations with banknote design. We received wonderful submissions for both the Banknote 2016 contest (winner: De La Rue) and the contest for Banknote 2018.

And the winner of the Banknote 2018 Logo Design Contest is...

Komori Currency Solutions!

Banknote 2018 Logo

The logo incorporates a stylized outline of the Dallas skyline—a nod to the location of the conference for 2018, since it's the first time the conference will be held outside of Washington, DC—and the outline colors reflect color-changing elements of various banknote security features. Additionally, the skyline is "supported" on a design element that echoes a banknote security thread, and reinforces the conference year/edition. The lettering of the logo reflects new conference branding for all Currency Research conferences, and is a departure from previous Banknote Conference typography, signaling a bright future for the conference under the CR umbrella.

Impressive options from other sponsors: Innovia Security and SURYS

Innovia Banknote 2018 Logo

Second place honors go to CCL Secure, with this design representing the dynamism in the cycle of the industry of banknote design and the input of the many different stakeholders involved in the cycle of banknote production. This cycle is connected with a five-pointed star, a common transparent element of security features in the banknotes, and a recognizable symbol of Texas.

SURYS Banknote 2018 LogoThird place honors go to SURYS, with this submission that depicts the Reunion Tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks of Dallas, and the Texas star. This graphic and minimalistic logo evokes the subtlety of guilloches, which are used to secure banknotes, with a refreshing and vivid shade of orange to add a modern flair.

Currency Research wishes to extend our thanks to all the sponsors who took part in the second Banknote Conference Logo Contest. Seven sponsors participated with over 20 beautifully executed designs. The amount of time, thought and effort that went into all the submissions was obvious and greatly appreciated.

IACA Program

The International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA), a non-profit association dedicated to the Currency Industry, is pleased to offer its members and the Currency Industry with the following program in conjunction with the Banknote Conference.


Excellence in Currency Awards - Technical Awards

The Currency Awards program was started in 2007 by IACA, who were the first organization in the industry to recognize excellence in Currency through such an Awards program. The awards are open to any organization or individual supplying products, systems or services and anyone can make a nomination for a category. The awards below will be given out at the end of the General Session on the firsty day of the Banknote Conference - Monday May 23rd.

  • Best New Currency Innovation
  • Best New Currency Feature

Nominations for these awards will be open on February 15th. To read more about the Excellence in Currency Awards, please follow this LINK.


IACA Member Lunch / Symposium

12:30pm - 1:30pm on Tuesday, May 24th

IACA invites its’ members to join in this interactive and engaging Symposium. It is an excellent time to meet your fellow IACA members and learn and discuss a relevant topic of interest.

For more information on the IACA program, please contact Sybil Baxter at