On the 3rd November 2014, the Central Bank of Mauritius announced that it is to embark on a “Clean Bank Note Programme” due to finding an increasing number of banknotes which have been defaced.
“The Bank has noted, with concern, an increasing number of instances where banknotes are being defaced, either by writing, printing, drawing or stamping on the bank note.” Bank of Mauritius communication
The statement requests that the public take part in the program by ensuring they do not intentionally mark the banknotes by using ink or other similar staining products.
Members of the public have also been reminded that it is:
“an offence to mutilate, cut, tear, perforate, or deface a bank note. Any offender may, upon conviction, be liable to a fine of up to 500,000 rupees.”
The Mauritius banknote series contains notes with both paper and polymer substrates.
To see the full statement by the Bank of Mauritius’ click here.