UPGRADED J$500 BANK NOTE
The Bank of Jamaica wishes to advise that an upgraded
version of the J$500 bank note will be released into general circulation on Monday,
28 October 2002.
The bank note incorporates additional security features
designed to further enhance protection against possible counterfeit. These
features also bring the $500 note in line with the other denominations ($1 000,
$100 and $50).
The overall design and colour of the bank note have not
changed. The portrait of National Heroine, Nanny of the Maroons has been
retained on the front of the note and the view of historic Port Royal on the
The upgraded $500 bank note has TWO new features:
the new design watermark of a swallow-tailed humming
bird (doctor bird) together with a flower motif which replaces the traditional
pineapple watermark, and
a wider ‘windowed’ text security thread, on which
is printed ‘BOJ 500’. This appears as silver dashes on the front and glows
blue/gold under ultra-violet light.
The new note is dated 15.01.2002 and bears the
signature of the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, the Hon. Derick Latibeaudiere.
Bank of Jamaica