How a "banknote" is made - České dukáty

How a commemorative "banknote" is made

How a commemorative "banknote" is made

The "Glory to Ukraine" commemorative note is the third issued commemorative note of the Czech ducats. The first was dedicated to Václav Havel and issued in November 2021 on the 10th anniversary of his death. It was so popular that it sold out within a few days, as you can see on the 10havel.cz website, where commemorative stamp sheets are still available. The second one was dedicated to the celebration of Jaromir Jagr's 50th birthday..

If you are interested in how such a commemorative plate is made, take a look at the following description and photos from the preparation and production of the Václav Havel commemorative plate.

How a commemorative "banknote" is made

The artist - painter Eva Hašková, first draws up the designs of the “banknote".

Once the winning design has been selected and the individual printing techniques that will appear on the "banknote" have been specified, further processing can proceed. The engraver Martin Srb, a prominent personality of the State printing works of securities, will then take on the difficult task of transferring the individual parts of the design into graphic form.

Close cooperation between the engraver and the author of the design is very important at this stage. Martin Srb will transfer the drawings, which will later be realised on the commemorative plate using the intaglio printing technique, onto a steel plate in an already reduced scale. This is highly crafted handwork, which no machines can fully replicate.

However, the graphic design of a commemorative certificate in the form of a banknote is not just a matter of handiwork. The design of the other parts of the commemorative note, such as the security features, are processed on a computer using a valuation graphics program. This requires a high level of expertise, knowledge of banknote design and aesthetic sensitivity.

How a commemorative "banknote" is made

Then it is handed over to the printing presses and the printers of the State printing works of securities. The first pass through the machine, when the first layer of the front side is offset printed, undergoes strict control by the author and the engraver.

After the printing of the front side, the offset printing continues again, this time of the reverse side of the commemorative note.

The last printing stage is the numbering of the commemorative note on the Numerota machine. By pressing the print onto the note and applying a certain amount of pressure, a unique visual effect on the number is created.

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