The Central Bank of the Bahamas has issued the fourth denomination of its CRISP Evolution banknote series, the half dollar $0.50.
The new Bahamas note, the lowest denomination of the series, began circulating on 24 January 2019. It is the first complete redesign of the $0.50 banknote denomination since it was launched in 1984.
The CRISP (Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Security Product) Evolution banknote denomination has a predominantly grey colour scheme and is 156mm by 67mm, the same size as all the denominations of the banknote series.
The design includes a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whilst the reverse includes an illustration of Sister Sarah in the Straw Market, a prominent local artisan straw weaver in the 1970’s.
Key security features are optically variable, changing colour as the banknote is tilted. This includes a windowed security thread on the reverse of the banknote and an image of a lizard in ink on the front.
Other security features include:
- raised intaglio print
- see through register pattern
- Iridescent ink
- Ultraviolet (UV) features
Read the central bank press release.
Watch the $0.50 Introductory Video from the Central Bank of the Bahamas: