Bahamas

British America thematic catalog of The Banknote Book is now available

 The Banknote Book British America cover
The British America thematic catalog of The Banknote Book is now available for sale at US$39.99, a 60% discount off the normal cost of puchasing the component chapters separately.

This 204-page catalog covers notes of British America (Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Caribbean Territories, British Guiana, British Honduras, Cayman Islands, East Caribbean States, Falkland Islands, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago). Published 14 March 2014.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Bahamas new 50-dollar note confirmed

50 dollars (US$50), 2012. This note is like the preceding issues (CBB B42) dated 2006, but the map of the islands at center front has been altered and there is a new printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient instead of FCOF) at lower right back.

Courtesy of James Bradly Huang.

Bahamas chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Bahamas cover

The Bahamas chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers. Also available in print.

This 24-page catalog covers every note (193 types and varieties, including 44 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Bahamas Government from 1919 to 1965, the Bahamas Monetary Authority in 1968, and the Central Bank of the Bahamas from 1974 to present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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The Challenge: Who is Sister Sarah on Bahamas 50-cent note?

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Beginning with the Bahamas' 50-cent note (P42) introduced in 1984, the back has depicted "Sister Sarah in Nassau Market." However, the bank's web site makes no mention of who this woman is, or why she is featured on the banknote. If anyone knows if she is in fact a real person, an archetype, or a fictional character, please contact me with details.

IDENTIFIED: According to Paul Walters, "Sister Sarah is indeed a real person. I am not sure if she is still living, I don't think she is. She was a prominant figure at the straw market in the 1970s, when the market was located along the dock--before it moved to its present day location on Bay street."

Alex Zlotin found this article that refers to Sister Sarah Johnson as a local artisan straw weaver.

Bahamas 20-dollar note mystery uncovered

In preparing the Bahamas chapter of The Banknote Book for publication next week, I discovered a mystery regarding the $20 note issued in the early 1990s.

The last $20 note featuring Queen Elizabeth on front was introduced in 1984. This is Pick 47.

In the early 1990s, Milo Butler's portrait replaced QEII on the front of the $20, though the law date remains 1974. This note is Pick 54.

The subsequent $20 features revised color schemes, the series year 1997, and horizontal novel serial numbers. This note is Pick 65.

The mystery revolves around the harbor scene on the back of these notes.

On the P47 note, Nassau Harbour is depicted from one angle, without Paradise Island visible. This is the "old" scene.

On the P65 note, the angle of the scene is different, and both Nassau Harbour and Paradise Island are visible and labeled. This is the "new" scene.

It appears that both the old and new scenes were used on P54. The note depicted in the SCWPM bears a serial number of A 163107 and has a "new" scene on back similar (not identical) to that of P65. However, I have scans of a note with serial number A 573516, but the back is similar (not identical) to the "old" scene on P47. I also have scans with later prefixes and serial numbers that show the "new" scene like P65.

So, based upon the limited evidence on hand, it appears that the early $20 notes featuring Bulter's portrait had the new harbor scene, then a batch was produced with the old scene, then the back reverted to the new scene.

In the interest of trying to narrow down when the changes to the back took place, I ask that anyone who owns a Bulter $20 note with law date of 1974 please send front/back scans to owen@banknotenews.com.

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Back of Pick 47 with "old" harbor scene

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Back of Pick 54 with "old" harbor scene

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Back of Pick 54 with "new" harbor scene

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Back of Pick 65 with "new" harbor scene

Bahamas new 20-dollar note confirmed


20 dollars (US$20), 2009.
This note is like the preceding issues (P74), but the map of the islands at center front has been altered, the $20 at lower left front is no longer two-tone, and there is a new printer imprint (Giesecke & Devrient instead of FCOF) at lower right back.

Courtesy of Monetary Research Institute.

Bahamas new 10-dollar note confirmed



B74 (PNL): 10 dollars (US$10)
Dark blue, dark green, and maroon. Front: Sand dollar; blue foil patch; map; Stafford Sands. Back: Hope Town, lighthouse, Abaco with buildings and boats; coat of arms. Solid security thread and 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BAHAMAS. Watermark: Stafford Sands with electrotype 10 and Cornerstones. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 67 mm. 2009. Signature Wendy Craigg. Intro: 2010.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Bahamas to issue new 10-dollar note

The following is from a press release dated 30 April 2010:

The Government of The Bahamas wishes to advise the public that an updated series of $10 banknotes will be issued by the Central Bank bearing the image of Sir Stafford Sands, former Minister of Finance of The Bahamas and a principal architect of the modern Bahamian economy.

Sir Stafford’s image was first placed on the banknote on March 7th, 2000, when the series 2000 banknotes were released into circulation, replacing the image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2005 the government of the day determined to remove the image of Sir Stafford and to replace it with the image of Her Majesty the Queen.

Shortly after coming to office in 2007 the Government took the decision that when the 2005 series of banknotes bearing the image of the Queen expired the new series of $10 banknotes would again bear the image of Sir Stafford Sands. Now, given the expiration of the 2005 banknotes, the image of Bahamian Sir Stafford once again returns to the notes.

The Government is pleased to continue this effort of honouring Bahamians who make significant contributions to The Bahamas by placing their images on our local currency, an exercise that began in December 1993 when, for the first time, the portrait of a Bahamian, Sir Milo Butler was placed on the $20 banknote. Thereafter, the portraits of Sir Cecil was placed on the 1995 $5 banknote; Sir Roland on the $50 banknote in 2000 and Sir Lynden on the $1 banknote in 2001.

Bahamas issues new CRISP 100-dollar note dated 2009


On 16 December 2009 the Central Bank of The Bahamas introduced a more secure 100-dollar banknote. This is the sixth and final denomination issued in the new CRISP (Counterfeit Resistance Integrated Security Product) family of notes. The new notes will circulate in parallel with the old $100 notes, which will eventually be phased out of circulation.

The new note is purple, blue, green, and mauve. It features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the front, and a picture of a blue marlin on the back. The note has a new watermark of QEII, the numeral 100 on the front left, and a new registration device of a sand dollar. CRISP banknote paper is also coated with a new sizing agent to help prevent the chemical removal of inks from the paper.

100 dollars (US$100), 2009. Purple, blue, green, and mauve. Front: Sand dollar; map; hologram; Queen Elizabeth II. Back: Blue marlin fish; coat of arms. Solid security thread and 3-mm windowed security thread with demetalized BAHAMAS and sand dollar. Watermark: Queen Elizabeth II with electrotype 100. Printer: DE LA RUE. 156 x 67 mm.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and TDS.

Bahamas issues new CRISP 1-dollar note dated 2008



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Dark green, mint green, and brown. Front: Green foil fish; Sir Lynden O. Pindling. Back: Royal Bahamas Police Force Band. Violet-to-green windowed security thread with demetalized BAHAMAS. Watermark: Pindling with electrotype 1. Printer: OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES. 156 x 67 mm.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Tod Hunt.

Bahamas issues new CRISP 5-dollar note dated 2007



5 dollars (US$5), 2007. Issued December 17, 2007. Like P63, but fourth denomination in CRISP (Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Security Product) family with larger island names, 3-mm windowed security thread printed BAHAMAS, gold metallic foil galleon, 5 as electrotype watermark, THECENTRALBANK in microprinting, sand dollar in OVI, sand dollar as registration device, gold iridescent band with bank logo on back, signature (Wendy M. Craigg, Governor). Orange, brown, and blue. Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield as portrait and watermark. Junkanoo dancers on back. 156 x 67 mm.

Courtesy of the Central Bank of The Bahamas.

Bahamas issues new CRISP 20-dollar note dated 2006


20 dollars, 2006. Issued September 6, 2006. Like Pick 65, but second denomination in CRISP (Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Security Product) family with larger island names, 3 mm windowed security thread printed BAHAMAS, solid security thread, 20 as latent image, THECENTRALBANK in microprinting, sand dollar in OVI, sand dollar as registration device, gold iridescent band with sand dollars on back. Charcoal, red, and green. Signature: Wendy M. Craigg, Governor. Sir Milo B. Butler as portrait and wmk. Nassau Harbor in New Providence on back. Printer: FCOF (with imprint). 156 x 67 mm.

Courtesy of Morris Lawing.

Bahamas issues new CRISP 50-dollar note dated 2006


50 dollars, 2006. Issued December 13, 2006. Like Pick 66, but third denomination in CRISP (Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Security Product) family with larger island names, 3 mm windowed security thread printed BAHAMAS, solid security thread, 50 as latent image, THECENTRALBANK in microprinting, sand dollar in OVI, sand dollar as registration device, gold iridescent band with sand dollars on back. Orange, brown, and green. Signature: Wendy M. Craigg, Governor. Sir Roland T. Symonette as portrait and wmk, along with 50 as eletrotype wmk. Central Bank building on back. Printer: FCOF (with imprint). 156 x 67 mm.

Courtesy of the Central Bank of the Bahamas.