South Africans are proud of their banknotes: not only are they politically neutral, but they also give fair representation to all 11 official languages. The design of the banknotes, issued by the South African Reserve Bank, drew inspiration from the wildlife of southern Africa, the main motifs across the series being the Big Five – a distinctly South African theme. Highly regarded internationally as both beautiful and secure, the banknotes carry some of the world’s most advanced security features.
- Main Motif: As a design feature, each note contains one of the Big Five, with a smaller grouping of the same animal to the left. (Spotting the Big Five : Rhinoceros, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard)
- Watermark: A security feature, when held up to the light, the banknote reveals a shadow picture of the main motif and the denomination numeral.
- Geometric Shape: An aid for the partially blind, each banknote contains a different geometric shape.
- Diamond Shapes: A feature for the blind, each banknote contains diamond shapes in raised printing. 1 diamond equals R10; 2 diamonds equal R20; 3 diamonds equal R50; 4 diamonds equal R100; and 5 diamonds equal R200.
- Intaglio Printing (raised printing): A security feature, the ink in the main and secondary motifs, the diamond shapes and the words “South African Reserve Bank” stand proud of the paper, giving the banknote a rough feel.
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