Design Features for New Family of Banknotes
John Redman Bovell (1855-1928) was a scientist and agronomist and is credited with saving the sugar industry in Barbados.
In the 1880s the industry was being threatened by competition from European countries (sugar beet) as well as by drought conditions and disease that were affecting the sugar cane crop in the West Indies. In response to the threat, Bovell conducted experiments at his own expense on different varieties of cane, abandoning the Bourbon variety, which was the most commonly used at the time, and working with the White Transparent variety.
His genetic experiments established Barbados as perhaps the leading cane breeding station in the Caribbean. In addition to his work with sugar cane, Bovell developed several strains of Sea Island cotton.
In 1908, John Redman Bovell was awarded the Imperial Service Star for his contribution to tropical agriculture.
Raised dot to help the blind identify the denomination. One dot equals $2.
The Coat of Arms of Barbados.
The map of Barbados with the location of the capital city, Bridgetown, highlighted.
The official launch date of the series.
The Governor's signature.
Morgan Lewis Windmill was built in 1727 and operated until 1946. It was used to grind sugar cane for sugar production and could deliver up to 1,500 gallons of cane juice to the boiling house daily. After the mill stopped operating, it fell into disrepair, but in 1996 it was refurbished and has been preserved as a heritage site and tourist attraction, with the mill grinding occasionally to show Barbadians and visitors how sugar used to be made.