Jamaica

Jamaica new 50-dollar Hybrid note confirmed as issued 24.03.2014

Jamaica_BOJ_50_dollars_2013.06.01_B49a_PNL_TQ_178084_f
Jamaica_BOJ_50_dollars_2013.06.01_B49a_PNL_TQ_178084_r
According to a press release dated 17 March 2014, the Bank of Jamaica will issue a 50-dollar note printed on Hybrid substrate on 24 March 2014. The new note is like the preceding regular issue note on paper substrate (BOJ B38), but is dated 01.06.2013, signed by Governor Brian Wynter, bears the printer imprint of Giesecke & Devrient, and the serial number at right appears in a "wave pattern with the last three digits set against a blue background." I believe these serial numbers are an example of G&D's LOOK (Laser Originated Optical Key), a security feature that creates laser-induced effects in the substrate. The BOJ first used Hybrid on the 2012 commemorative 100-dollar note.

Courtesy of André Chin and Sean Morrison.

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

Subscribe to The Banknote Book
If you collect the entire world or a large number of countries, buying a $99 annual subscription is the best deal because it's less expensive than buying chapters individually, and it entitles you to every chapter currently available as well as everything published—or revised (click here to see the Change Log)—during the next 12 months.

Subscribe
Sign up for Email Notifications
If you would like to receive email notifications whenever a new chapter of The Banknote Book is published, please join the email list by clicking the button below.

Sign up

Jamaica new 2012 commemorative notes confirmed

Jamaica_BOJ_50_D_2012.08.06_B44a_PNL_f
Jamaica_BOJ_50_D_2012.08.06_B44a_PNL_r

Jamaica_BOJ_100_D_2012.08.06_B45a_PNL_f
Jamaica_BOJ_100_D_2012.08.06_B45a_PNL_r

Jamaica_BOJ_500_D_2012.08.06_B46a_PNL_f
Jamaica_BOJ_500_D_2012.08.06_B46a_PNL_r

Jamaica_BOJ_1000_D_2012.08.06_B47a_PNL_f
Jamaica_BOJ_1000_D_2012.08.06_B47a_PNL_r

Jamaica_BOJ_5000_D_2012.08.06_B48a_PNL_f
Jamaica_BOJ_5000_D_2012.08.06_B48a_PNL_r
According to an article on the Jamaica Information Service dated 19 June 2012, the Bank of Jamaica has unveiled a new family of banknotes commemorating the country's Golden Jubilee. Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said the notes are not only being launched to celebrate the 50th year of Jamaica’s political independence, but “we are also witnessing the launch of a new generation of banknotes.

“The 2012 commemorative banknote series consist of five denominations - $5,000, $1,000, $500, $100, and the $50 note, with modifications to their original design. The modified design includes the Jamaica 50 logo superimposed on the watermark on the front of each note,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the unique image, which is normally on the reverse side of each note, has been replaced by a photograph of a group of children from Central Branch Primary School, from 1962. “That serves to depict the national motto, out of many one people. It formally appeared on the back of the $2.00 note, which was in circulation from 1969 to 1994,” Mr. Wynter said.

He added that the integrity of the commemorative banknotes has been protected, as the security features are the same as those on the regular banknotes. The new notes will circulate alongside the old notes, and both series are legal tender. “We expect the public to accept them with the same level of confidence that is associated with the regular banknotes,” the Governor said.

The notes bear the signature of the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter, are dated 06.08.2012, and will be released into general circulation on 23 July 2012. Currently, Jamaican banknotes are printed on a cotton material which has a relatively short useful life in the country’s tropical climate and other circulation conditions, but the new notes will come on enhanced substrates.

$100 on Hybrid
The 100-dollar (US$1.15) banknote, the most widely-used denomination, is printed on a material known as Hybrid, made by the German security paper manufacturer, Louisenthal, a subsidiary of the Munich-based technology company, Giesecke and Devrient GmbH. Hybrid is a combination of protective polyester film layered around a cotton fibre core. The cotton core will continue to be embedded with the usual security features, such as the watermark and security thread, to ensure that the banknote remains secure against counterfeiting. The combined weight and thickness of the finished material is the same as that of conventional banknote paper, that is, 95 grams per square metre. The polyester film in Hybrid makes banknotes more durable and the notes stay clean longer and remain firm even in extreme circulation conditions. Hybrid therefore, improves soiling resistance while continuing to give the same touch and feel as notes printed on only cotton.

Varnished Cotton for $1000, $500 and $50
To enhance the durability of these denominations, the $1000, $500 and $50 notes are printed on a varnished cotton substrate, that is, the traditional cotton treated with a varnish after the notes have been printed. Varnishing creates a moisture -proof layer to protect the banknotes against surface soiling and reduces the extent to which they will absorb moisture, contaminant particles and microorganisms.

$5000
The $5000 (US$57) denomination remains on regular cotton substrate as the main security thread, Optiks, is compatible only with the cotton-based material.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and TDS.

Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2011) 500-dollar note confirmed

Jamaica_BOJ_500_D_2011.01.15_B40f_P85_VR_462770_sig
500 dollars (US$5.80), 15.01.2011. Like BOJ B40 (P85), but new date and signature (Brian Wynter).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

The Banknote Book chapters now available in print

covers_of_print_editions
In response to popular demand, several chapters of The Banknote Book are now available in printed format:
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Bangladesh
  • Bermuda
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Pakistan
  • Zimbabwe
Each chapter is professionally printed on demand by Lulu.com in full-color, on high-quality US letter-sized paper with a saddle-stitched, heavyweight glossy cover. At present, only those chapters 20 pages or longer are available in print, but if you are interested in purchasing printed copies of other chapters, please click here to write to me using the Contact form.

Jamaica new date (15.01.2011) 1,000-dollar note confirmed

Jamaica_BOJ_1000_D_2011.01.15_B41g_P86_UF_304194_sig
1,000 dollars (US$11.70), 15.01.2011. Like BOJ B41 (P86), but new date. Signature: Brian Wynter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Jamaica chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Jamaica

The Jamaica 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 26-page catalog covers every note (288 types and varieties, including 75 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Government of Jamaica from 1918 to 1960, and the Bank of Jamaica from 1961 to present day. Revised 20 June 2012.

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

Subscribe to The Banknote Book
If you collect the entire world or a large number of countries, buying a $99 annual subscription is the best deal because it's less expensive than buying chapters individually, and it entitles you to every chapter currently available as well as everything published—or revised (click here to see the Change Log)—during the next 12 months.

Subscribe
Sign up for Email Notifications
If you would like to receive email notifications whenever a new chapter of The Banknote Book is published, please join the email list.

Sign up

Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2010) 5,000-dollar note confirmed


5,000 dollars (US$60), 15.01.2010. Like P87, but new date and new signature (Brian Wynter).

Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Jamaica new date (15.02.2009) 500-dollar note confirmed


500 dollars (US$5.78), 15.01.2009. Like P85, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2010) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.60), 15.01.2010. Like P83, but new date and signature (Brian Wynter).

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 on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2010) 1,000-dollar note confirmed


1,000 dollars (US$11.70), 15.01.2010. Like P86, but new date and signature (Brian Wynter).

Courtesy of Kai Hwong.

Jamaica new sig/dates (2009, 2010, and 2011) 100-dollar notes confirmed


100 dollars (US$1.20). 15.01.2009. Like BOJ B39 (P84), but new date.


100 dollars (US$1.20). 15.01.2010. Like BOJ B39 (P84), but new date and signature.


100 dollars (US$1.20). 15.01.2011. Like BOJ B39 (P84), but new date and signature.

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 on BanknoteNews.com.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de) and Bill Stubkjaer.

Jamaica new date (15.01.2009) 50-dollar note confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.60). 15.01.2009. Like P83, but new date.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Jamaica 50-dollar commemorative confirmed



The Bank of Jamaica commemorated the 50th anniversary of its founding by issuing a new 50-dollar (US$0.60) note on 15 November 2010, even though the official anniversary celebrations aren't expected to begin until May 2011.

The front of the commemorative note is like the current note (P83) in design and security features, but the bank's logo printed in blue, with the words "50th anniversary and 1960-2010" printed above and below the logo. The back of the commemorative features the Bank of Jamaica headquarters building at Nethersole Place set against a medallion background of morning glory blossoms. This new vignette replaces the Doctors Cave Beach scene on the back of the current $50 note. Both new and old notes will circulate in parallel.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Jamaica new date (15.01.2008) 50-, 500-, and 1,000-dollar notes confirmed


50 dollars (US$0.55). Like Pick 83, but new date (15.01.2008).


500 dollars (US$5.60). Like Pick 85, but new date (15.01.2008).


1,000 dollars (US$11.20). Like Pick 86, but new date (15.01.2008).

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

Courtesy of Banknoteshop and Thomas Krause.

Jamaica new 5,000-dollar note confirmed


According to a 14 September 2009 press release, on 24 September the Bank of Jamaica issued its highest denomination ever, a new 5,000-dollar (US$56) note. The portrait of the late former Prime Minster of Jamaica, the Rt. Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer, appears on the front of the note. The back features blossoms of the Frangipani and an aerial view of Highway 2000.

In addition to the standard security features on the existing banknotes—magnetic thread and ink, iridescence, florescence and watermark—the $5,000 banknote is protected against counterfeiting by Optiks, De La Rue's wide security thread for use on paper notes with a large oval window. The thread depicts the Jamaica coat of arms, and when held up to the light, the complete thread with “BOJ $5000” will become visible. The note also features a watermark of Shearer with electrotype 5000 and Cornerstone watermarks.

The new note is dated 15.01.2009, bears the signature of the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Derick Latibeaudiere, and has the DA LE RUE printer imprint.

Courtesy of Marcus Jansson and Frank van Tiel.

Jamaica to issue 5,000-dollar note in September 2009

According to a Jamaica Observer article dated 15 May 2009, the Bank of Jamaica plans to issue a 5,000-dollar banknote in September 2009, which will bear the image of late former prime minister, Hugh Lawson Shearer. Currently the highest Jamaican note in circulation is the $1,000 banknote (Pick 86). The new $5,000 banknote, which is almost 20% above the minimum wage of $4,070 per week, is equivalent to approximately US$56.



Derick Latibeaudiere, governor of the Bank of Jamaica, will officially launch the new banknote on May 18, 2009, at the central bank in downtown Kingston. "The launch will take the form of a presentation of a proof note, specially packaged, to Dr Denise Eldemire Shearer, widow of the late former prime minister of Jamaica, Hugh Lawson Shearer, whose portrait appears on the front of the note," said the central bank. Aside from Shearer's portrait, the new $5,000 note will also have pictures of various plants and a bird. The note is sand or khaki in color according to Observer sources. Shearer served Jamaica as prime minister from 1967-72, succeeding Sir Donald Sangster.

The note is printed by DLR and features an Optiks security thread and Cornerstone watermarks, among other anti-counterfeiting elements.

Jamacia new date varieties confirmed


100 dollars (US$1.45), 15.01.2007. Like P80, but new date.


500 dollars (US$7.30), 15.01.2007. Like P81, but new date.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.