Thank Howard Daniel for this item - he published an article in the Wednesday, November 18th issue of the MPC GRAM about an upcoming conference for people in the banknote printing industry. Registration is closed, but are any E-Sylum readers planning to attend? Sounds like an interesting place for a student of numismatics to rub shoulders with movers and shakers in the banknote industry. MPC GRAM is for collectors of Military payment Certificates and other military money.
MPC GRAM editor Fred Schwan wrote:
Think how interesting it would be to be able to attend the annual banknote conference and meet with banknote designers and printers from all over the world. Imagine being able to have input into a new design, a new security feature and printing methods. For those of us who have designed MFC and other commemorative notes it would be like getting to the major leagues.
To be able to understand and learn how security problems are addressed and what is involved in producing banknotes for worldwide use. How much more goes into this process than scanning a picture into a computer and adding some wording and serial numbers. How the original engraving makes it to a finished note. All would be fascinating.
From the conference web site:
As the seventh in a series of regular conferences targeting organizations—from both government and industry—with an interest in the use of banknotes in the coming decades, Banknote 2009 will continue its balance of topical, relevant material with the opportunity for delegates to connect with other industry members.
The goal of Banknote 2009 is to bring together both the government and private industry sectors to focus on leading technologies and emerging trends in the banknote industry. The highly respected group of international speakers from manufacturers, suppliers, governments and law enforcement agencies will review and discuss various aspects of banknote design, production, issuance and usage.
The Keynote speaker is
Andrew Bailey, chief cashier of the Bank of England. Speaker topics include:
Mapping technology for creation of innovative intaglio origination
New soiling test method: anti-dirty fingers
Digital Intaglio Plates & High-End 3D Quality Control
How to Release the Artistic Design Talents of a Central Banker
The magic in banknote substrates
Digital Counterfeit Classification—The Need for a New Approach
ColoUr blindness test for banknotes
New Developments in Banknote Paper
Latest Developments at the BEP
Safety elements on new Danish Banknote Series
Development of Security Features for the Next Generation of U.S. Currency
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