Dec 20, 2009

Watermark on Banknote

Watermark has been one of the security features against any counterfeit notes since many decades ago. It is so common that the most of the modern paper banknotes have equipped with it. Do you have any idea how it is made or incorporated inside our banknotes?

Watermark is a design or pattern that put into a paper during its production by modifying the concentration of fibres of which the paper is composed. It is produced in such a way that the darker portions having a higher density while the lighter portions having a lower density than the normal. The true effect is it can only be produced during the manufacture of the paper itself. Any attempt to imitate a shaded watermark by using "pressure", "wax" or even printing is inevitable and can be detected easily.

One of the common test to view the watermark is by holding the paper banknote against lights. The object of watermark shows in the banknote are varies and they are ranging from images, portraits, animals or even geometric designs.

Watermark with portrait of Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

The watermark appears in Malaysian Banknotes as early as in Straits Settlement Notes with the image of tiger head. This watermark has inherited until the First Series of Malaysian Banknotes. The watermark with the portrait of First Yang Di-Pertuan Agong was adopted since the Second Series until the latest issuance.

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