The new 500-peso bankote (G type)

Product Owner: Banco de México 


The 500-peso banknote is the first of the new Mexican series (G), whose theme is “Historical identity and natural heritage”, portraying historical processes of Mexico in the obverse and national natural heritage sites recognized by UNESCO, in the reverse.
This banknote is characterized by its attractive and colorful blue based design and, among other novelties, incorporates the concept of navigation map with security features, to easily be authenticated by the public, contains haptic marks to aid blind and visually impaired people to distinguish the denomination and has a unique certificate in order to be monitored and authenticated through “Gogol” security scheme.
The banknote was printed on cotton substrate with anti-soiling treatment and overcoated to increase its durability.

New feature (s) or technical innovation

The banknote has a concept design oriented to increase the functionality of the main security features, for example the big numeral printed with Spark®Live in an area without interference with other design component, which makes it attract the public’s attention, allowing fast authentication and denomination, without other distractors, without leaving out aesthetics.
In orden to ease communication with the public, the design of the two main security features (Spark®Live and RAPID® thread) include the denominative numeral, what allows to authenticate and denominate in one single glance.
In this banknote it was incorporated the “Gogol”, a security scheme that relies on the digital certification of each singular banknote, making it capable to be monitored and authenticated by electronic devices (smartphones, tablets and scanners) through image analysis technology.

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Improved security

High tech security features are integrated in an advanced protection concept having on the obverse first level features like Spark®Live, infrared split intaglio printing, microprinting, Multicode® magnetic thread, RAPID® thread with a sliding band movement and the numeral in a pulsing effect sealed with intaglio continuous printed lines, electrotype and multitonal watermark, fractal and linear backgrounds with unrepeatable patterns that difficult re origination, as well as high contrasting micro marks printed in intaglio as a part of security scheme “Gogol”.
The concept incorporates DG Marc feature in the reverse side of the banknote as a protection to inhibit its reproduction through digital technologies. Second level security features like inks with specific infrared signal and ultraviolet light fluorescent, have also been printed in the reverse.

Historical or local content

In the obverse, the Liberal Reform and the Restoration of the Republic is depicted with an image of President Benito Juárez (1806-1972), who issued the Laws of Reform with the support of radical liberals. Because of his defense of human liberties, an example for other Latin American countries, Benito Juárez was proclaimed “Benemérito de las Américas” (Distinguished Hero of the Americas).
The figure of Benito Juárez is accompanied by a representation of his triumphal entrance to Mexico City on July 15, 1867, and symbolizes the victory of the Liberal Reform, the separation of Church and State, and of the basic principle of equality before the Law.
In the reverse, Mexico’s coastline, sea and island ecosystems, is depicted with a gray whale and her calf in El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, designated by UNESCO as natural heritage of mankind.


Awards | Currency Awards 2019


Best New Banknote or Banknote Series