The Battle of Overt Features

It has recently been made public that SICPA’s SPARK overt features are in over 350 banknotes. That is about 25% of all banknotes. No other single technology or supplier enjoys such breadth of usage. Crane probably has about 150 denominations with their MOTION,… Read More

Guernsey Banknote History

Guernsey is strategically placed in the Channel between England and France. For hundreds of years, France and England have fought each other, and there is little Guernsey between the two. But somehow Guernsey maintained its non-alliance position for a thousand… Read More

Does Animation Help Authentication?

Recent banknote design has been incorporating sophisticated and eye-catching overt features. Four different technology advances have led the way. SICPA’s Spark Live is a printed color shift ink that includes movement during the color changing. Crane has its micro-optic effects… Read More