||Central Bank Of Barbados
When the Central Bank of Barbados began work on its new polymer series almost three years ago, it gave a clear instruction to the design team that in addition to being highly secure and attractive, the new notes had to be “Bajan to the bone.” The idea wasn’t a new one: since the Bank began issuing our national currency back in 1973, it has always made an effort for them to be identifiably Barbadian, but for the new series, the Bank kicked it up a notch.
Here are five ways, some carried over from previous iterations and some new to this series, that the 2022 banknotes are truly Barbadian.
The Iconic Barbadians Featured on the Front…
Portraits are a staple of banknotes the world over, and many countries and territories use them to honour national figures.
Barbados’ banknotes feature four national heroes (although they appeared on our notes long before being designated as such): the Right Excellent Charles Duncan O’Neal, a medical doctor who agitated for the rights of the underprivileged ($10); the Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod, the first non-white to sit in the House of Assembly ($20); the Right Excellent Errol Barrow, father of our independence and Barbados’s first Prime Minister ($50); and the Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams, our first premier and hero of our social revolution ($100).
Rounding out the six denominations are John Redman Bovell, an agronomist who is credited with rescuing Barbados’ sugar industry in the late 19th century ($2); and legendary West Indies cricketer and member of the world famous 3Ws, Sir Frank Worrell ($5).