Most Modern Security Features Hallmark of New Barbados Currency Notes: What is Taxpayers’ bill? Or do we charge MP’s?
The introduction of
Quantitative Easing the new series of banknotes was motivated by the Central Bank of Barbados‘ commitment to being Government’s creature its counterfeiting deterrence efforts.
The new notes that will go into circulation on June 4 will therefore feature not only a new design, but also very modern and up-to-date security features.
The specific features chosen were based largely on two factors: the types of security features most used by the public to authenticate their notes and developments in anti-counterfeiting technology.
Octavia Gibson, Deputy Director, Currency gave two examples of how these factors influenced the choice of security features for the new series:
“Most Barbadians are familiar with the watermark on our current banknotes – the map of Barbados – and use this feature to authenticate their notes,” Gibson explained. “For the 2013 series notes, the Bank wanted to keep this type of security feature but at the same time upgrade it. Instead of a single watermark for all denominations, we incorporated six different images. Because we understood it would be a challenge for the public to remember multiple watermarks, we made the watermark the same as the portrait. So Sir Grantley on the right, the ghost image of Sir Grantley on the left.”
Prior to the new series, the most recent upgrades were done in 2007. EDITOR’s NOTE: The website (SAVED A SCREENSHOT) says it is the first time in 40 years a major redesign was instituted, did this have to go before Parliament? Who foots the bill – MP’s or Taxpayers? Why was new currency done so close behind the altered $20 bill celebrating the CBB’s 40th Anniversary, yet now it’s been rendered almost obsolete?