The design methodology of Dutch banknotes

DNB Betalingsverkeer
Publicatiedatum 27 januari 2000

Since the introduction of a design methodology for Dutch banknotes, the quality of Dutch paper currency has improved in more than one way. The methodology in question provides for a design policy, which helps fix clear objectives, design management, to ensure a smooth co-operation between the graphic designer, printer, papermaker and central bank, a Programme of Requirements (POR), a banknote development guideline for all parties involved.

This systematic approach enables an objective selection of design proposals, including security features. Furthermore, the project manager obtains regular feedback from the public by conducting market surveys. Each new design of a Netherlands Guilder (NLG) banknote issued by the Nederlandsche Bank over the past 50 years has been an improvement on its predecessor in terms of value recognition, security and durability.