Moreover, partial metallization enables the creation of more interesting and unusual shapes of the metallic KINEGRAM® security element. Metallic surfaces on banknotes are mainly intended to be first-line security features for the general public. Partially metallized foil is the easiest way to include second-line and third-line security, for example nanotexts, into the banknote design.
Demetallized banknote security features are thus the most obvious choice when it comes to protecting banknotes. The attention-grabbing metallic foil makes for a large versatility of design options, including the inclusion of metallic effects as well as transparent areas which can easily be integrated into the overall banknote. The possibility to overprint the foil with offset, intaglio, silkscreen, or varnish further benefits the note design.