Each orange and brown $5 note displays a map of New Zealand in a polymer window, with its face featuring legendary New Zealand mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary and South Island’s Mount Cook (Aoraki). A colour changing yellow-eyed (hoiho) penguin completes the face design.
Whilst New Zealand ‘s $5 polymer note was a clear winner, runners-up in very tight voting were Sweden’s 20 Kronor note depicting children's author Astrid Lindgren, Russia’s 100 Ruble note illustrating Crimean landmarks, Kazakhstan’s 20,000 Tenge note and Scotland’s (Clydesdale Bank) 5 Pound polymer note.
Past "Bank Note of the Year" winners include Trinidad & Tobago (2014), Kazakhstan (2013, 2012, 2011), Uganda (2010), Bermuda (2009), Samoa (2008), Scotland (2007), Comoros (2006), Faeroe Islands (2005) and Canada (2004).
The nominations are now open for the Banknote of 2016 and the first nomination is truly spectacular Maldives 1,000 Rufiyaa Note.