WARNING ON BARBADIAN COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY
The Royal Barbados Police Force is warning residents and especially business owners to be on the lookout for counterfeit money.
A number of fake Barbadian notes, mainly of $100 denomination, have been seized through investigations and a number of persons have been arrested, charged and placed before the Courts of Law. Some of these fake bills have been passed as payment to local businesses.
The public is also informed that it is a criminal offence to make counterfeit currency, as well as to knowingly offer one as payment, even if you were not the person who made it.
Among these 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.
All banknotes dated 1st 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.
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.
- David Welch; Insp.
Public Relations Officer of the RBPF