News, Press Releases and Insights

24th
September
2021

Inspirational House Notes – Genuine Works of Art to Demonstrate Creativity and Complexity

Banknote printers and substrate suppliers around the world take great pride in creating concept notes to showcase their technical capabilities and latest features. They are often called hous...

22nd
September
2021

Sustainability: A Hallmark of Cash

CENTRAL BANKING, SEPTEMBER 2021 - Tod Niedeck, corporate marketing director at Crane Currency makes the case for the sustainability benefits that are inherent in the production of paper bank...

27th
August
2021

Uzbekistan Issues a New 20,000 So’m Banknote with 3 mm BREEZE™

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has issued a new banknote denomination, the 20,000 So’m banknote. The notes are produced by the Uzbekistan banknote printing works Davlat Belgisi and are sec...

4th
June
2021

Crane Currency invests €2.6 million in a Water Treatment Plant

Crane Currency has invested €2.6 million to improve further the sustainability of its state of the art Malta banknote printing plant.  The investment is the installation of a water treatm...

28th
April
2021

On the occasion of World Day for Health and Safety at Work

On the occasion of World Day for Health and Safety at Work, celebrated internationally on the 28th of April this year, Crane Currency asked Christopher Camilleri, Currency’s International ...

6th
April
2021

Crane Currency Malta supports NGO YMCA Malta

Earlier this year, Crane Currency Malta made a donation of USD5,000 to NGO YMCA Malta. The donation comes from the Crane Fund for Widows and Children – a global initiative to charitable or...

29th
March
2021

Crane Currency Wins Central Banking’s Currency Services Provider Award

Crane Currency has been awarded this year’s Currency Services Provider award from Central Banking for its work in handling changing banknote demand patterns in the wake of Covid-19. Accord...

8th
March
2021

Fifteen NGOs receive a total of USD75,000 from Crane Currency Dalton

As part of its corporate culture, Crane Currency has for a long time kept up a tradition of making a number of donations to charitable organizations who serve in the communities where Crane ...

15th
February
2021

Five NGOs receive a total of USD25,000 from Crane Currency Nashua

Crane Currency in Nashua, New Hampshire, closed off the year 2020 with a donation of USD25,000 from its Crane Fund, shared between five Nashua-based NGOs and charitable organizations. The...

19th
January
2021

Crane Currency Malta Crowned Malta’s Best Manufacturing Company of 2020

Crane Currency Malta has won itself the Malta’s Best Manufacturing Company of the Year award as part of the fourth edition of the 2020 Malta Best-in-Business Awards program. The Malta Best...

5th
January
2021

Denmark Upgrades its 500-kroner Banknote with RAPID®

The central bank of Denmark (Danmarks Nationalbank) has issued an upgraded 500-kroner banknote. The upgraded banknote has a similar design to existing banknotes but has moved the security fe...

22nd
December
2020

Crane Currency Malta makes donations to two local NGOs

Earlier this year, Crane Currency Malta made a donation of USD5,000 to each of two NGOs in Malta: Fondazzjoni Sebħ and Dr Klown. The donation comes from the Crane Fund for Widows and Chi...

7th
December
2020

Mexico Issues New 1,000 Pesos Banknote with RAPID®

Banco de México has issued a new 1,000 Pesos banknote as part of an upgraded family of banknotes. It is the country’s highest denomination and features RAPID®, the micro-optic security t...

30th
November
2020

RAPID® HD Brings New High-Contrast Colors and Sharp Movement

Crane Currency presents RAPID® HD, an advanced form of RAPID® micro-optic security thread that provides for even higher public engagement and ease of use. RAPID HD affords new customizable...

27th
November
2020

Crane Authentication™ – Increased Brand Protection with Micro-Optic Security

Crane Currency today expands its line of business with Crane Authentication™, an advanced brand protection for commercial applications that builds on the unique micro-optic security featur...

24th
November
2020

Crane Currency Makes Donation to a Women’s Shelter in Sweden

Crane Currency in Tumba has made a donation of USD 5.000 to the women’s shelter organization Botkyrka Kvinno- och Tjejjour in Stockholm, Sweden. The donation comes from Crane Fund for Wido...

19th
November
2020

Crane Currency Congratulates The Bahamas to 50 Dollar Technical Award Nomination

Crane Currency congratulates the Central Bank of The Bahamas to the 2020 IACA Technical Award nomination for their 50 dollar banknote issued in late 2019...

10th
November
2020

Happy Diwali

Our warm greetings to our friends celebrating Diwali, the celebration of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness...

3rd
November
2020

Turning Threats into Opportunities

Currency News has met with Sam Keayes, President at Crane Currency, to find out more about the company’s strengths and what it – and the broader industry – are doing to face the challe...

8th
September
2020

The Philippines Replace Colorshift Thread with RAPID® Detect from Crane Currency

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has upgraded its banknote series with new security features. The highest denomination, the 1000-Piso, has been enhanced with a 5 mm wide RAPID® Detect secu...

3rd
August
2020

New President of Crane Currency Appointed

Sam Keayes has been appointed as President of Crane Currency, a Crane Co. company. He will lead Crane Currency’s three businesses: US Government Products, International and Technology. Sa...

1st
July
2020

Crane Currency presents BREEZE™ – a new banknote security feature to replace colorshift threads

Crane Currency presents BREEZE – a new micro-optic security product for protecting low denomination, high-demand banknotes. BREEZE provides central banks with an alternative to older secur...

3rd
April
2020

The Centrale Bank van Aruba Rejoices as 100 Florin Wins Prestigious Award

The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) has announced that the Centrale Bank van Aruba (CBA) has been awarded the “Bank Note of the Year Award 2019” for the design of its 100 Florin b...

30th
March
2020

Recognizing a National Heroine in the Time of COVID-19

The Central Bank of Tunisia has issued a new TND 10 banknote featuring a portrait of Dr. Tawhida Ben Cheikh (1909-2010), Tunisia’s first female medical doctor. Dr. Ben Cheikh practiced as ...

13th
March
2020

A COVID-19 Update to Our Central Bank Partners & Suppliers

Crane Currency would like to update you on our contingency planning for the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), keeping you abreast of the measures that we have put in place to manag...

25th
February
2020

Ukraine Issues Updated 200 Hryvnia Banknote with RAPID®

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has updated its 200 hryvnia (UAH) note as part of an ongoing banknote optimization. The updated banknote is equipped with modern security features, includi...

10th
February
2020

Bank of Mongolia introduces MNT 20,000 with MOTION SURFACE®

The Bank of Mongolia has introduced two new improved banknotes, MNT 50 and MNT 20,000. The central bank has chosen to upgrade the 20,000 note with the advanced security technology MOTION SUR...

28th
January
2020

Cayman Islands Issues Commemorative Note Featuring RAPID® Detect

Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has issued a $1 commemorative banknote featuring the RAPID® Detect windowed thread as the primary security feature and printed on the durable banknote pape...

29th
November
2019

Bank of Ghana Announces New High Denomination Banknotes with MOTION SURFACE®

The Bank of Ghana has introduced the 100- and 200-cedi banknotes which feature MOTION SURFACE® as the primary security feature. These new denominations are in addition to the previously rel...

14th
November
2019

Norway Issues New NOK 1000 Banknote with RAPID® Security Thread

The Norwegian central bank caps off the issue of its new banknote series with issuance of the NOK 1000 banknote on 14 November 2019. The banknote series which uses the sea as its design them...

7th
November
2019

Lebanon Issues Updated 20,000 Pound Note Featuring RAPID® Detect

The updated 20,000 pound banknote issued by the Banque du Liban, is the first banknote to feature RAPID® Detect, a machine-readable version of the RAPID security feature from Crane Currency...

7th
November
2019

Crane Currency Receives Global Trade Award from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) has announced the winners of the 24th annual AIM Global Trade Awards. They recognize Massachusetts companies and public agencies of all sizes...

25th
October
2019

Ukraine Issues New 1000 Hryvnia Banknote Featuring RAPID®

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) issued the new 1000 hryvnia banknote on October 25th. The 1000 hryvnia is Ukraine’s highest denomination and the third circulating denomination featuring...

18th
October
2019

Crane Currency Malta Supports Local Organizations

Malta associates participated in a number of social activities during August and September to support a variety of local organizations: Fondazzjoni Sebħ was presented with a donation on be...

18th
October
2019

Crane Currency Malta Makes Donations to Four Local Charities

Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Inspire Foundation, Puttinu Cares and Hospice Malta have all received donations from the Crane Fund for Widows and Children on behalf of the Crane Currency Malta assoc...

2nd
October
2019

The Bahamas Issues New 50 Dollar Note Featuring RAPID® Security Thread

The Central Bank of The Bahamas has issued an updated 50 dollar note with RAPID® security thread as the primary security feature. The note is printed on Durasafe, a paper-polymer-paper comp...

23rd
September
2019

Crane Currency Tumba Donates Communication Equipment to Sjöräddningssällskapet in Sweden

Crane Currency in Tumba has donated a full set of communication equipment to the voluntary sea rescuing organization in Sweden, Sjöräddningssällskapet. The rescuers depend on robust commu...

2nd
September
2019

Mexico Issues New 200 Peso With RAPID® and ENDURANCE™ Paper

Banco de Mexico has issued the 200 peso, the second denomination of the news series with RAPID® as the primary security feature – and printed on ENDURANCE™, Crane Currency’s durable p...

4th
June
2019

Central Bank of Aruba Launches New Series of Florin Banknotes with MOTION SURFACE®

The Central Bank of Aruba (CBA) has introduced a new series of florin banknotes, printed by Crane Currency in Malta. All five denominations have the most secure features available, including...

31st
May
2019

Crane Currency Malta Achieves Guardian™ Printer Accreditation

PolyTeQ Services has, on behalf of CCL Secure Pty Ltd, certified Crane Currency Malta as an Accredited Printer. The print facility has undertaken a plant review and gap analysis, which concl...

24th
May
2019

Tumba Achieves Intergraf Certification for Security Management System

Crane Currency has received CWA 15374 certification for the Security Management System for the production of secure banknote paper in Tumba. CWA 15374 specifies requirements for suppliers of...

14th
May
2019

Crane Currency Malta Earns ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 Certifications

By passing a rigorous audit, Crane Currency Malta was recently certified in ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management Systems and ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health and Safety Manageme...

6th
May
2019

Bank of Ghana Issues Series of Upgraded Notes with RAPID® Security Features

The Bank of Ghana today issued upgraded banknotes with improved security features, durability, and machine readability. All five denominations (1, 5, 10, 20, and 50-cedi notes) feature Crane...

2nd
May
2019

Burundi Issues New Banknotes Featuring RAPID® Security Features and ENDURANCE™ Durable Paper

The Bank of the Republic of Burundi today introduced a new set of revised banknotes of 500, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 Burundi francs. The new notes are like the preceding issues, but with imp...

23rd
April
2019

Bolivia Issues 200 Boliviano Featuring RAPID® Micro-Optics

The Central Bank of Bolivia (Banco Central de Bolivia) has issued the new 200 Boliviano banknote with RAPID® micro-optics from Crane Currency. The front side of the Bs 200 banknote has a...

2nd
April
2019

Crane Currency Gold Sponsor of High Security Printing EMEA in Malta

The High Security Printing conference for Europe, Middle-East and Africa (HSP EMEA) was held in Malta, March 25 – 27. HSP EMEA is an annual event that focuses on government-specified and i...

21st
March
2019

Crane Currency Presents MOTION® Detect and RAPID® Detect – New Machine-Readable Features for Banknote Security

Hal Far, Malta – March 21, 2019 – Crane Currency today presents new machine-readable features for central banks and banknote issuers worldwide. The new products MOTION Detect and RAPID D...

21st
March
2019

US Bureau of Engraving & Printing Visits Crane Currency Malta

Crane Currency recently hosted two visitors from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) at our Malta facility. After many years of efforts, the BEP was finally successful in getting appr...

21st
March
2019

Company Statement on Inaccurate Assertions in Liberia

The company makes the following response to the inaccurate assertions contained within an article in the Liberian Daily Observer on 6 March 2019 under the heading “Government files crimina...

4th
March
2019

Guyana Issues new $1000 Banknote with RAPID® Micro-Optics

The Central Bank of Guyana (BoG) has issued an upgraded $1000 banknote with new advanced security features from Crane Currency. The upgraded banknote has kept most of the elements of the pre...

25th
February
2019

Uzbekistan Issues New 100,000 Soʻm Banknote with RAPID®

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has issued a new 100,000 soʻm banknote with RAPID micro-optics from Crane Currency. It represents the country’s third banknote with RAPID as the primary sec...

10th
February
2019

New Higher Denominations Issued by the Central Bank of Sudan

The Central Bank of Sudan has begun an introduction of a new series of higher denomination banknotes. Among the first in the series is a new 100 Pound note with a three-dimensional RAPID® s...

23rd
January
2019

Crane Currency Malta Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Crane Currency Malta has earned the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its Quality Management System, covering banknote printing and finishing processes. The certification was achieved followin...

7th
January
2019

Crane Currency Malta Achieves the Highest Intergraf ISO Certification

Crane Currency Malta has recently achieved the highest level of ISO certification, the Intergraf ISO 14298:2013 (Management of Security Printing Processes), by passing a rigorous audit. ISO ...

21st
December
2018

Crane Currency Malta Makes Donations to Three Local Charities

Crane Currency Malta recently donated a total of $15,000 to three local charitable institutions: Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Puttinu Cares and Hospice Malta. This was made possible through the Cr...

6th
December
2018

Bank of Korea Wins HSP Asia Reward for Best New Commemorative Banknote

The prestigious HSP Regional Banknote Awards was this year divided into three categories. The award for the Best New Commemorative Banknote was given to the Bank of Korea for the commemorati...

26th
November
2018

Crane Currency Gold Sponsor of High Security Printing Asia in Hanoi

Crane Currency is a Gold Sponsor of the High Security Printing Asia conference which will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 3rd to 5th December 2018. The conference presents the latest tech...

9th
November
2018

Crane Currency Prints its One Billionth Banknote at its Malta Facility

Crane Currency has printed its one billionth banknaote at its Malta facility - only 10 months after the start of production in December 2017. “This has been no mean feat! Printing bankn...

26th
October
2018

Crane Currency Malta Wins Engineering Excellence Award

Crane Currency Malta is the winner of the 2018 Malta Engineering Excellence Award in the Industry Excellence Award category. The award is sponsored by the Chamber of Engineers, an organizati...

19th
October
2018

Crane Currency has Strong Presence at the Mint & Print Conference

Bank of Lebanon started the Mint & Print Conference (MAP) in 2010 as a small regional event aimed at strengthening the Bank’s own knowledge of currency management. Today, MAP is a regi...

14th
September
2018

Crane Currency Makes Big Impression at African Currency Forum

Crane Currency was a Diamond Sponsor of the African Currency Forum (ACF) which took place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from 2nd to 5th September 2018. Over 225 delegates registered for the c...

6th
September
2018

Security Feature Integration in focus at MAP in Beirut

The 4th edition of the Mint and Print Conference (MAP) in Beirut, Lebanon, takes place between 24-29 September. Crane Currency is a Platinum Sponsor of MAP which gathers representatives fro...

27th
August
2018

Mexico Introduces New 500 Peso Featuring RAPID® and ENDURANCE™

The 500-peso note is the first denomination in a new family of banknotes with improved security features and designs representing Mexico’s historical and natural heritage. The theme of the...

24th
August
2018

Explore the Banknote of the Future

The 5th International Banknote Designers Conference (IBDC) is a dedicated industry event addressing the issues confronted by all actors involved in the banknote design process. The conferenc...

16th
August
2018

Meet Crane Currency at the African Currency Forum in Zimbabwe

Crane Currency is a Diamond Sponsor of the African Currency Forum which will take place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from 2nd to 5th September 2018. The principal theme of the Forum is ‘Im...

3rd
July
2018

A Bright Future for Crane Currency

Currency News caught up with Annemarie Watson, President at Crane Currency, to find out more about life after the Crane Co acquisition and what to see next. Crane Currency has had an impress...

23rd
June
2018

National Bank of Ukraine and Crane Currency Sign Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Currency Production

On 22 June 2018 NBU Governor Yakiv Smolii and Crane Currency President Annemarie Watson signed the Agreement of Cooperation in the field of currency production. The Agreement signed is a ...

20th
June
2018

The Impact of Substrate Choice on Banknote Design

A banknote designer has a responsibility to meet all different requirements put on a banknote – including both the functional and aesthetic demands. The choice of substrate is also very im...

13th
June
2018

Reimaging Banknote Security with MOTION SURFACE®

Crane Currency has launched a new and very exciting security feature built on the proven MOTION® micro-optics technology. The feature is MOTION SURFACE®. Its customized effects not only cr...

25th
May
2018

IACA Award for Best New Currency Innovation

The International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA), a non-profit association of central banks, finance ministries, mints and suppliers, awarded Crane Currency with the Best New Currenc...

25th
May
2018

Azerbaijan Issues new 200-manat Banknote

The Central Bank of Azerbaijan has introduced a new denomination, the 200-manat banknote designed by Crane Currency and printed by the German company Giesecke & Devrient. The motif of...

11th
May
2018

Proposal to close the Tumba Print Works

Crane Currency has recently submitted a proposal to close the printing works in Tumba, Sweden. The paper mill operations, design team and the international currency support functions will re...

7th
February
2018

Crane Currency officially opens its banknote printing facility in Malta

Hal-Far, Malta - Crane Currency, a Crane Co. company and a fully integrated supplier of secure, durable and well-designed banknotes for central banks all over the world, officially opened i...

19th
January
2018

Annemarie Watson, new President of Crane Currency

Effective with the acquisition by Crane Co., Annemarie Watson has been named President of Crane Currency. In her new role, Annemarie will report to Louis Pinkham, Senior Vice President, Cran...

5th
January
2018

New Tunisia 20 Dinar issued with RAPID® Security Thread

The Central Bank of Tunisia has issued a new 20 dinar banknote featuring a portrait of the martyr “Farhat Hached” (1914-1952) and Crane Currency’s RAPID security feature. With just ...

15th
December
2017

Peru Issues New 100 Sol Banknote with RAPID®

The Central Reserve Bank of Peru has issued a new version of the 100 sol banknote with a 4 mm RAPID security thread. The previous version of this note, introduced in 2011, featured MOTION®....

5th
December
2017

Currency News – A new powerhouse for cash as Crane CO. buys Crane Currency

Crane Co, a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has signed an agreement to purchase Crane & Co Inc (Crane Currency) f...

17th
November
2017

First banknote issued with MOTION SURFACE®

The National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic issued the 2000 Som commemorative banknote which features MOTION SURFACE®. The 2000 Som commemorative banknote is the first banknote to use the MOTION S...

1st
November
2017

The commercial courier (Malta) – Interview with Stephen Defalco, CEO

As Crane Currency – the fastest growing global currency player in the world – gets ready to open a facility in Malta, Jo Caruana speaks to CEO Stephen DeFalco about his hopes for this mi...

23rd
October
2017

NPR interviews Sam Cape, R&D Director of Crane Currency

NPR interviews Sam Cape, R&D Director of Crane Currency, to explore the magic behind the MOTION® technology...

8th
September
2017

Uzbekistan Issues New High Denomination Featuring RAPID®

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan has issued a new banknote, the 50,000 Som. The design on the front of the banknote features the top of the Ezgulik Arch on Independence Square in the city of T...

31st
August
2017

Crane Currency Malta Makes Donation to the Marigold Foundation

Alex Agius, HR Manager at Crane Currency Malta, recently presented a grant to Mrs. Michelle Muscat, Chairman of the Marigold Foundation. The Marigold Foundation, founded in 2014, aims to rai...

6th
May
2017

Crane Currency featured in The NH UNION LEADER

As a longtime tech entrepreneur, Stephen DeFalco knows what it takes to make money. As CEO of Crane Currency, he leads a company that makes money making money - the banknotes used by countri...

15th
February
2017

Crane Currency honored with “Banknote and currency services provider of the year” award

BOSTON, MA – February 15, 2017 – Crane Currency, a rapidly growing global producer of currency products, today announced ithas been awarded the ‘Banknote and Currency Services Provider...

22nd
September
2016

Crane Currency to build banknote printing facility in Malta to support growth

BOSTON, MA – September 22, 2016 – Crane Currency, a rapidly growing global producer of currency products, today announced plans to build a new banknote printing facility and customer exp...

10th
December
2015

Crane announces separtion of its stationery division

BOSTON, MA – December 10, 2015 – Crane & Co., Inc. has announced its plan to structure its stationery business as a separate company that will be led by the Crane Stationery manageme...

26th
October
2015

Crane and The Indonesian Government Security Printing and Minting Corporation sign agreement to establish production facility in Indonesia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 26, 2015 - Crane Currency, a global producer of currency products, and The Indonesian Government Security Printing and Minting Corporation (Perum Peruri), have a...

12th
May
2015

Christopher M. Crane inducted into the Currency Hall of Fame

BOSTON, MA – May 12, 2015 – The International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA) has elected Chris Crane, former vice president at Crane Currency, to the Currency Hall of Fame. The c...

12th
November
2014

Bank Al-Maghrib and Crane to form strategic banknote printing partnership for the international market

Rabat, November 12, 2014 – Crane Currency, a global producer of currency products, and Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of the Kingdom of Morocco, have established a strategic partnership...