Central Bank is advising the public to be vigilant when
completing their cash transactions, since there tends to be an
increase in the presence of counterfeit notes at this time of
year. Quite recently a number of counterfeits has been brought
to the attention of the Bank and these include small
denomination notes as well as the large denominations.
Bank advises that the best approach is a thorough familiarity
with the main security features of the genuine notes including
the unique 'feel' of notepaper.
Bank wishes to remind the public of the following essential
features of genuine notes:
watermark depicts an outline of the island of Barbados, which is
positioned on the left hand side of the note when viewed from
the front. The watermark can be viewed by holding the banknote
up to the light.
note contains a security thread located to the left of the
center of the note. The complete thread and text, reading
CBB$20, CBB$50 or CBB$100, according to the denomination of the
note, can be seen when viewed against the light.
In the $2, $5 and $10, however, the denomination does not
appear on the thread.
Central Bank also wishes to advise that counterfeit notes are of
no value and anyone
who comes into contact with fake notes should inform the Royal
Barbados Police Force.