is the greatest fuel for progress, then this company is hot and on the
Bank Note Company in Florida is a balanced mix of art and science, creating
products that raise money for charitable causes, thus fulfilling an inspiration
that came to founder Bob Bednar while on a Jesuit spiritual retreat at
the University of Scranton a few years ago. It was there, during
a period of professional and personal introspection, that he determined
life’s next step.
understood his talents and know-how. And using these assets, Bob
set out in a unique direction to develop an enterprise that would provide
a powerful product to assist worthy causes in their fundraising efforts.
With the help of a talented artist, and utilizing rarified blends of security
paper, Bob creates thematic artwork in the form of bank notes—known as
Banknotables—as well as artistic renderings of special people, places and
things. These are then sold, with the overwhelming majority of the
proceeds going to the cause.
25 years working in the security paper industry, a specialized niche within
this otherwise commoditized sector. Of the more than 1,000 mills
around the globe, fewer than 2 percent are equipped to produce the contrived
paper formulations used for currency, stock certificates, bank notes and
the like. These uniquely blended papers can be identified by specific
signatures such as security threads, planchettes (tiny dots made of tissue),
and other distinctive marks and materials, many of which fluoresce under
and other added properties are the same as those employed by sovereign
nations to protect their currencies. There is also full chemical
reactivity, which is typically used to reveal any attempt to alter numbers
and words on money. And, in another measure to re-create the secure
nature of vital documents, the art has a mean double fold, which enhances
its sturdiness, even though it is not meant to endure constant folding,
as money in a wallet.
Bank Note Company has produced 14 designs to date. It’s depiction
of Dale Earnhardt following his death sold out on QVC; and a limited quantity
of an 11”x14?artistic commemorations of the Worcester Fire that cost the
lives of six firefighters in December of 1999, is still being sold to raise
money to allow the firehouse to purchase a thermal imager, which would
have prevented the tragedy. And a 1,000,000 Euro note (which is not
a denomination in production) celebrating the introduction of a common
monetary unit in 15 countries, has been newly “minted?by the company.
strictly adhere to Federal regulations such as US Code 474, which mandates
such reproductions must be either 75 or 150 percent of the size of United
States legal tender, if copied. Since all of Naples Bank Note Company designs
include no parts of United States currency, no laws are compromised. All
designs are original and the property of the Naples Bank Note Company and
Robert J. Bednar, Jr.. But of course, given their varying subject
matter and the beautiful renderings memorializing them, these works of
art are quickly identified as such.
year-old Bednar is a perfectionist. As an expert in the production
of secure paper, he’s created a unique product, a striking merging of image
and texture worthy of the designation, artwork. But these products
go beyond intrinsic beauty—their greater value lies in the causes they
benefit, and the constant reminder of charitable giving whenever they’re
grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs where he still maintains a residence.
He is currently
a Trustee at the University of Scranton, a Catholic & Jesuit university
a well know expert on Document Security and is considered a Counterfeit
was asked to comment on the new design of the $ 20 Bill by the Wall Street
Journal and Coin World magazine.
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