What material is used to print money?

Paper notes now replaced by polymer notes to make it durable. Here’s a few examples (not easy to find banknotes composition) from what banknotes made:

1) US dollar. Due to Bureau of Engraving and Printing US dollar composition: 75% cotton, 25% linen. Dollar bills durable, needed 4000 fold & unfold to tear note. Currency security features upgraded frequently to prevent counterfeits.

2)EURO banknotes made from pure cotton fiber with advanced and complex security features.

3) Swiss franc. Modern banknotes printed on three layer banknote substrate made from combination of paper and polymer. Front and back part of banknote made from thin paper, center part made from polymer.

4) Israeli shekel. Historically been used paper to print banknotes which resulted in fast wear and tear. Now introduced shekel banknotes made from polypropylene polymer and paper.

5) Canadian dollar. In 2011 introduced new series of polymer banknotes. BOPP used for banknotes to increase durability and reduce manufacturing cost.

Banknotes making process is highly secret. Main trend is introduction of polymers and money print outsourcing to other countries.

In next article we will take a look on outsourced banknotes printing.

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