12th September 2023

Burundi Completes Upgrade of Full Banknote Series with RAPID® Micro-Optic Security

La Banque de la République du Burundi has completed the upgrade of its entire banknote seriesthe 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 francsby significantly improving the security with the addition of RAPID® micro-optic thread from Crane Currency. The micro-optic feature displays fluid and highly visible movement behind the letters ‘BRB’ and the head of a cow, a respected symbol of wellness and beauty recognized throughout Burundi.  


With only a slight tilt of the banknote, the bands in the RAPID feature move up and down behind the static letters ‘BRB’ as the face of the cow shimmers. With a general color change of the 5000 and 10,000 just put into circulation, the new upgraded series is now complete. All denominations of the upgraded series are printed on ENDURANCE®, a durable 100% cotton banknote paper with soil and moisture resistance provided by AST®.


A close collaboration between  La Banque de la République du Burundi and Crane Currency on the design, selection and customization of features and overall integration provides for a banknote series that is secure, functional and durable.