‘Portrait watermark, gold patch’ — CBN highlights security features of redesigned naira notes
The security features of the redesigned naira notes are highlighted by the CBN as Portrait watermark, gold patch.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed the position of security features on the new series of N200, N500 and N1,000 notes.
The apex bank made this known in a document released on Wednesday.
On December 15, commercial banks began dispensing the redesigned naira notes to customers across the country.
The CBN, in a statement on its website, said the new notes were protected by a number of security features to facilitate easy recognition of genuine ones in case of counterfeiting.
The apex bank explained that raised prints provide the tactility, while the security thread, which ordinarily looks broken but is not when held up against light, has “CBN” in small lettering printed on both sides of the notes.
The CBN said the naira notes are protected against photocopying as they contain features which are visible under ultraviolet light: for example, the serial number on each note is black but turns green under ultraviolet light.
Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, had said the redesigned naira notes cannot be counterfeited due to its security features.
“Let me tell you this, these notes cannot be counterfeited because of the security features in them; nobody can counterfeit them,” Emefiele had said after President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the notes.