Design Features for New Family of Banknotes


$100
Portrait

The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams (1898-1971) is regarded as a hero of the social revolution in Barbados.

A lawyer by profession, he represented Clement Payne after the 1937 riots and used his oratorical skills and shrewd mind to advance the cause of the underprivileged.

He was instrumental in the formation of both the Barbados Progressive League (now Barbados Labour Party) in 1938 and the Barbados Workers Union in 1941.


He was involved in a number of social reforms that improved the lot of poor Barbadians:

  • The Barbados Workmen’s Compensation Act
  • The Wages Board and Labour Department
  • Minimum Wage legislation
  • The construction of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Universal Adult Suffrage

Adams became Barbados’ first premier in 1951, a position he held until 1958, when he left to become the Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation. When the Federation was disbanded in 1962, he returned to Barbados, was re-elected into the House of Assembly and became Leader of the Opposition.

He was the father of the late JMGM “Tom” Adams, prime minister of Barbados from 1976-1984.

The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams died on November 28, 1971 at the age of 73.

A secondary school and Barbados’ airport are named in his honour.

He was among the ten National Heroes named in 1998 and National Heroes Day is celebrated on his birthday.

Raised dot

Raised dots to help the blind identify the denomination. Six dots equal $100.

The Coat of Arms of Barbados.

The Coat of Arms of Barbados.                                                                         

The map of Barbados

The map of Barbados with the location of the capital city, Bridgetown, highlighted.

The official launch date of the series

The official launch date of the series.                                                                         

The signature of the Governor

The Governor's signature.                                                                         

Grantley Adams International Airport

Grantley Adams International Airport is Barbados’ only airport. Originally called Seawell Airport, it was renamed in honour of the Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams in 1976. Between 2004 and 2006, the airport underwent substantial expansion and renovation to better equip the airport to handle the more than two million passengers that pass through it annually.

Security Features for New Family of Banknotes


Portrait Watermark
Portrait Watermark

The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams' face appears on the left of the note when it is held up to light. The image is also visible in reverse when the note is viewed from the back.

Number Watermark
Number Watermark

The number “100” appears beneath the portrait watermark when the note is held up to light. The image is also visible in reverse when the note is viewed from the back.

Broken Trident
Broken Trident Broken Trident

The white areas of the broken trident become tinted with grey when the note is held up to the light. Viewed from the back of the note, the missing areas of the broken trident are filled in.

Colour-Shifting Thread
Wave-like Thread Wave-like Thread Hidden Number

Wide bars that weave in and out of the paper change colour from red to green when the note is tilted. When the note is held up, the bars become an uninterrupted line that reads “CBB 100”.

Hidden Number
Hidden Number

The number “100” appears on the top right of the note when the note is tilted at certain angles.

UV Reactive Ink
UV Reactive Ink

The broken trident and the waves behind the map of Barbados glow green and yellow under UV light.

Fluorescent Fibres
Invisible Fibres

Invisible fibres embedded in the paper glow under UV light.                                                                         

Hologram
Invisible Fibres

When the note is tilted, the dolphin on the hologram shifts, and the other images - Pride of Barbados flowers, broken tridents and the number “100” – appear and disappear.

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$2 note (John Redman Bovell)
$5 note (Sir Frank Worrell)

$10 note (Charles Duncan O'Neal)

$20 note (The Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod)

$50 note (The Right Excellent Errol Barrow)

$100 note (The Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams)

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