An app developed for the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has won an International Association of Currency Affairs award beating out other international contenders.

The app – simply called SARB Currency App – was launched last year to coincide with the launch of commemorative Madiba bank notes and gives folks a bit more insight into the money they use everyday.

The app was developed by local animation, gaming and augmented reality studio, Sea Monster.

“We’re thrilled that SARB elected to go with a local gaming and animation studio, not assuming that only international companies can deliver at this level. SARB used its procurement rules and budget to foster local innovation and creativity. So often we see local corporates and government using procurement processes as an excuse not to innovate and this wasn’t the case here at all. SARB’s confidence in the abilities of the Sea Monster team has clearly been validated through this award,” chief executive officer at Sea Monster, Glen Gillis said in a statement.

The SARB Currency App is rather slick and incredibly informative.

The app is rather slick. Not only does it show you the various security measures used in our local currency but there is also an AR section. Opening this up and pointing your camera at a bank-note will populate your display with tappable icons that will tell you more about the specific note.

There is even a Papers, Please-style game where you have to decided whether a bank note would be accepted or not. It sounds easy but we failed, a lot.

The International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA) is a non-profit association of central banks, finance ministries, mints and suppliers dedicated to making cash the best that it can be. IACA’s Excellence in Currency Awards are designed to promote and reward excellence in the industry.

The SARB Currency App is available for iOS and Android devices for free. We highly recommend giving it a download if like us, you didn’t know all that much about the money we carry around with us everyday.

Congratulations to both Sea Monster and the SARB on the award.

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