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Bahamas completes the rollout of its new bank note family

On Oct. 6, the Central Bank of the Bahamas issued the eighth note in its Crisp Evolution bank notes family. This concludes a process which began in 2016 when the CRISP Evolution $10 banknote was introduced.

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Bahamas completes the rollout of its new bank note family

CRISP stands to Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Security Product. This term was first used in the 2005 series. CRISP Evolution is an updated version of the CRISP series that retains the subject matter and design of the CRISP note but has new security features and color schemes. Bahamian banknotes measure 156 x 67 millimeters.

According to the bank, the new $100 bill will be faithful to the cultural position of Bahamian currency notes and incorporate easily identifiable security enhancements. It is printed on Landqart Durasafe substrate, and Crane's MOTION Surface technology. This makes it the Central Bank of Bahamas' most secure bank note to date.

The note's most notable changes are the inclusion of Arthur Dion Hanna as the portrait instead of Queen Elizabeth II and the predominant brown color that includes shades of red, yellow, purple, green, and mauve. Hanna, who was the last living Bahamian to be honored on a note in 2021, died August 3, 2021. He was a former governor, former deputy prime Minister, and former minister of Finance. A watermark of Hanna, the numeral $100 and a replica map showing the Bahamas islands on the left with the denominational value in words, figures, and numbers, as well as an image of a royal poinciana flower partially open, are also featured.

The note's back shows a redesigned image of a blue marlin, surrounded by marine life. The blue marlin's flanks are flanked by the numeral $100 in the upper left corner and the lower right corners. In the upper right quadrant, the words ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS can be seen. The commonwealth coat of arms with the words "CENTRAL BANK IN THE BAHAMAS" is located just below the blue marlin.

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