Although banknotes were previously introduced, it wasn’t until after the island’s Independence in 1966 that all denominations of notes were in real circulation in Barbados.
On 3 December 1973, the Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) introduced notes with denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 100 dollars.
Did you know? The 1 dollar note was never reissued. Instead, in 1980, the 2 dollar note was introduced.
The 50 dollar bill was not introduced in Barbados until 1989.
On 2 May 2013, the CBB issued a new series of Barbadian banknotes, with a more modern design and color scheme.
Note: All notes issued by the CBB from 1973 to present are accepted island-wide.
According to the CBB, the basic design of Barbadian banknotes is uniform:
— The denomination in numerals and words
— A unique serial number
— The words ‘Central Bank of Barbados.’
— The national Coat of Arms, a broken trident, and map of Barbados
— Raised numerical ‘dots.’
— The signature of the Governor in the office at the time of printing
— The official launch date of the new series.
The front of all notes features the portrait of a notable Barbadian who has made a significant contribution to the island’s history and development, as well as a vignette linked to the featured person on the back.
Note: Older banknotes feature a scene of the Parliament Buildings and the Careenage.
Banknotes currently in circulation in Barbados are:
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