Don’t let the Grinch counterfeit your Christmas – the Central Bank alerts Bajans!

With the Christmas season approaching, the Central Bank of Barbados is reminding the public to be vigilant while conducting cash transactions so as to avoid falling victim to counterfeiters.

{FILE IMAGE – SAMPLE ONLY} “We are urging people on both sides of the counter to check each banknote before they accept it. Hold the note up to the light and look for the map of Barbados. Ensure the security thread near the centre of the note becomes complete when you hold it up. Remember that the ink doesn’t run if a note gets wet,” instructed Octavia Gibson, deputy director of the Bank’s Currency Division. “Check several security features before you walk away,” she stressed.

Among those features:


On all denominations, the map of Barbados becomes visible on the left side (front view) when the note is held up to the light.

For banknotes issued after August 2007 there is a second, brighter watermark to the right of the map: the broken trident on the $2, $5, and $10, and the Pride of Barbados flower on the $20, $50, and $100.

Security Thread

All banknotes dated 1 May 2007 and afterwards contain a partially visible security thread that becomes solid when the note is held up to light. On the $2, $5 and $10, the thread is wavelike and highly reflective, with “CBB” and the denomination printed on it.

On the $20, $50 and $100, the thread is wider and less reflective, with “CBB” and the denomination printed on it.

See-through Feature

On the left side (front view) of all banknotes, there is a see-through feature: a partial image that corresponds to another partial image on the back of the note. When the note is held up to light, the see-through feature forms a complete image that is perfectly aligned. The image on the see-through feature varies by denomination: a windmill ($2), cricket stumps and ball ($5), a dolphin ($10), a pelican ($20), the broken trident ($50), a dolphin ($100).

Intaglio over Foil

On the right side of the $50 and $100 note there is a highly reflective foil patch: an aquamarine pelican on the $50 and a gold dolphin on the $100. Overprinted on this foil is the Pride of Barbados.

Gibson also reminded the public that counterfeit notes are not legal tender and therefore have no value.

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