Jamaica new date (01.06.2019) 500-dollar note (B240k) confirmed

Like B240j, but new date (01.06.2019) and new printer imprint (CRANE CURRENCY). Prefix DW.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2018) 100-dollar note (B250e) confirmed

Like B250d, but new date (01.06.2018). Prefix BEY.

Courtesy of Roland Rollins.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2018) 50-dollar note (B249d) confirmed

Like B249c, but new date. Prefix WM.

Courtesy of Numisnota (http://numisnota.eu).

Jamaica new date (01.06.2018) 500-dollar note (B240j) confirmed

Like B240i, but new date (01.06.2018) and new imprint (DE LA RUE). Prefix CL.

Courtesy of Jacek StÄ…cel.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2017) 100-dollar note (B250c) confirmed

Like B250b, but new date (01.06.2017). Prefix BDM.

Courtesy of Manuel Pires Horta Rosa.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2017) 50-dollar note (B249c) confirmed

Like B249b, but new date (01.06.2017). Prefix WA.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).

Jamaica new date (01.06.2017) 500-dollar note (B240i) confirmed

Like B240h, but new date (01.06.2017) and new printer imprint (OBERTHUR fiduciare). Prefix BP.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2017) 1,000-dollar note (B241k) confirmed

Like B241j, but new date (01.06.2017) and new printer imprint (OBERTHUR fiduciare). Prefix FG.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2015) 50-dollar note (B249b) confirmed

B249b: Like B249a, but new date (01.06.2015). Prefix VT.

Courtesy of Chris Schneider (http://www.ebay.com/usr/scottie3014).

Jamaica new date (01.06.2016) 500-dollar note (B240h) confirmed

B240h: Like B240g, but new date (01.06.2016). Prefix AY.

Courtesy of Gabriel Leichen.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2016) 100-dollar note (B250b) confirmed

B250b: Like B250a, but new date (01.06.2016). Prefix BBS.

Courtesy of Gabriel Leichen.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2015) 500-dollar note (B240g) confirmed

B240g: Like B240f, but new date (01.06.2015). Prefix AF.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2016) 1,000-dollar note (B241i) confirmed

B241i: Like B241h, but new date (01.06.2016). Prefix CS.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Jamaica new 100-dollar Hybrid note (B250a) confirmed

These notes are like the preceding regular issue notes on paper substrate, but now printed on Hybrid substrate, and the serial number at right appears in a wave pattern with the last three digits set against a dark background using LOOK (Laser Originated Optical Key), G&D’s security feature that creates laser-induced effects in the substrate, print color, foil, and varnish.

B250 (P95): 100 dollars (US$0.90)
Brown, green, purple, and orange. Front: Sir Donald Sangster; jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) flowers; map of Jamaica; coat of arms; ackee fruit. Back: Ackee fruit; 11 children from Central Branch Primary School in Kingston. Two security threads; one solid, one windowed with demetalized BOJ 100. Watermark: Donald Sangster, electrotype 100 and flower, and Cornerstones. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient. 145 x 68 mm. Polymer (Hybrid).
a. 01.01.2014. Signature 12. Prefix AZU - BAG.

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

Jamaica new date (01.01.2014) 1,000-dollar note (B241h) confirmed

1,000 dollars, 01.01.2014. Like B241g, but new date. Prefix AG - AP.

Courtesy of André Chin.

Jamaica new 50-dollar Hybrid note (B249a) confirmed as issued 24.03.2014

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 (B238), 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.

Jamaica new 2012 commemorative notes confirmed





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.

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 (B240f) confirmed

Like B240e (P85), but new date (15.01.2011) and signature (Brian Wynter).

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Nin Cheun (Noteshobby).

Jamaica new date (15.01.2011) 1,000-dollar note (B241g) confirmed

Like B241f, but new date (15.01.2011). Signature: Brian Wynter.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Jamaica chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

The Jamaica chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale and as a free download to subscribers.

Also available in print.

This 30-page catalog covers notes issued by the Government of Jamaica from 1918 to 1960, and the Bank of Jamaica from 1961 to present. Revised 14.10.2018.

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  • 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
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  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2010) 5,000-dollar note (B242b) confirmed

Like B242a, but new date (15.01.2010) and new signature (Brian Wynter).

Courtesy of Jan Ove Larsen.

Jamaica new date (15.02.2009) 500-dollar note (B240e) confirmed

Like B240d, but new date (15.01.2009).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2010) 50-dollar note (B238e) confirmed

Like B238d, but new date (15.01.2010) and signature (Brian Wynter).

Courtesy of Yuri Minkin.

Jamaica new sig/date (15.01.2010) 1,000-dollar note (B241e) confirmed

Like B241e, but new date (15.01.2010) 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.

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

Jamaica new date (15.01.2009) 50-dollar note (B238d) confirmed

Like B238c, but new date (15.01.2009).

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Jamaica 50-dollar commemorative note (B243) 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 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).

Courtesy of Banknoteshop and Thomas Krause.

Jamaica new 5,000-dollar note (B242) 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 (B242) 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. 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.

Jamaica 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.

Jamaica new date (01.06.2016) 1,000-dollar note (B241j) confirmed

Like B241i, but new date (01.06.2016). Prefix DY.

Courtesy of Denis O'Reardon.