Central Bank of Barbados Issues Commemorative Circulation Note

The Central Bank of Barbados today announced that it will issue a commemorative $20 banknote on 15 August 2012 as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations. {Editor’s Note: Hope this won’t be used as an excuse for Qualitative Easing? LOL!}

The note, which will be placed into general circulation, has as its added features an overprint reading “40 years” along with the Central Bank’s logo over the watermark area on its front. A large “40” numeral, the annotation “40th Anniversary of the Central Bank of Barbados” and the dates “1972 – 2012” are imprinted on its back. {CLICK FOR BIGGER}

The Bank advises that the $20 note currently in circulation remains legal tender and reminds the public of its security features:

i. A small watermark-type image of a Pride of Barbados flower is located to the right of the map of Barbados.

ii. The thread is partially visible when lying flat. It is wider and less reflective than previous threads, but like them is printed with the text “CBB” and the note’s denomination. When held up to light, the thread becomes a solid line. Under UV light, the thread fluoresces blue and the text fluoresces yellow.
iii. The numeral in the top left-hand corner is significantly raised above the surface of the paper, giving the paper a unique feel. The raised surface of the numeral also allows easy identification by the visually impaired.

iv. The Coat of Arms and the waves near the flying fish in the center of the banknote fluoresce green and yellow under UV light.

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