New Zealand twenty dollar note

New Zealand twenty dollar note
Twenty Dollars (New Zealand)
Value: 20 New Zealand Dollar
Width: 145 mm
Height: 70 mm
Security Features: Window, Shadow image
Paper Type: Polymer
Years of Printing: 1999-present [1]
Obverse
[[Image:NewZealandTwentyDollarNote1.png|200px|Obverse]]
Design: Elizabeth II
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Design Date:
Reverse
[[Image:NewZealandTwentyDollarNote2.png|200px|Reverse]]
Design: Karearea
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Design Date: [2]


The New Zealand twenty dollar ($20) note is the current middle denomination banknote of the New Zealand dollar.

The $20 note was introduced on 10 July 1967, replacing the New Zealand 10 pound note.

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Design

First Issue (1967 to 1981)

The first $20 notes featured Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, with a window watermark panel showing a portrait of Captain James Cook. The obverse featured a kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) and a miro (Prumnopitys ferruginea).

Second Issue (1982 to 1990)

This issue's design was very similar to the first issue, with the most obvious difference being the updated portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Third Issue (1990 to 1999)

In 1990, all of New Zealand's notes were redesigned. The new $20 note featured Queen Elizabeth II and the New Zealand Parliament Buildings on the obverse, while the reverse featured a New Zealand Alpine scene, containing a karearea (Falco novaeseelandiae), Marlborough rock daisy (Pachystegia insignis), Flowering red tussock (Chionchloa rubra) and Mount Tapuaenuku.

Fourth Issue (1999 to present)

In 1999, the $20 note changed to polymer. The basic design of the note remained unchanged, although new anti-conterfeiting measures such as transparent sections of the note were added, and the metallic stripe removed. The 20 has the New Zealand Parliament Buildings on it, which is to the left of Elizabeth II, the portrait was taken in 1986. On the back is the Karearea. The scene in the background is Mount Tapuaenuku. The highest peak on the South Island's Inland Kaikoura range at 2,885 Meters in height. [3]

Security Features

The 20 New Zealand Dollar has a lot of features on it. The 20 has a clear window of a fern on the left and an oval-shaped window on the right, with the denomination burned on to it. There is a fern printed on the both sides, when held up to the light the fern will be complete and match up perfectly. Above the oval window there is a watermark of Elizabeth II when it's held up to the light. When put underUV Light a yellow patch will appear with the denomination on it. [4]

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