First Excellence in Currency Awards Presented at 2007 Currency Conference in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) May 10, 2007

The seven individuals and companies being honoured with Awards for Excellence in Currency were announced on Tuesday at the annual Currency Conference in Bangkok. Although the Currency Conference has been running for some years, this is the first time excellence in currency has been honoured with awards, and the event itself did not disappoint.

The Excellence in Currency Awards were presented by IACA chairman Rick Haycock at the close of yesterday’s general conference session, who commented on the extremely high calibre of all the entries, particularly considering that this was the inaugural event for these awards. He extended thanks to all those who sent in nominations, to the award sponsors Currency News and the IACA Awards Committee for researching all the entries and short listing the finalists.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Thomas Ferguson, who recently retired as Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. As Director, Tom was responsible for the two BEP printing facilities that produced an average 9 billion bank notes per year.

Tom has appeared on numerous broadcasts and in many printed interviews extolling the use of currency and the need to understand the layers of security provided to protect the public from counterfeit money.

The National Bank of Kazakhstan was the winner of the Best New Bank note Award. The complex and highly secure new series, launched in November 2006 includes the first use of bank note printer De La Rue’s Optiks

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