The Central Bank of Solomon Islands has issued a limited edition $40 commemorative banknote and $2 coin to celebrate the country’s 40th anniversary of independence.
The commemorative banknote was designed by De La Rue and its theme of independence is captured with the phrase ‘A call to nation to come together as one and move forward’.
The design shown on the front of the banknote is vertical, while the design on the reverse uses the traditional horizontal layout. Illustrations include a conch shell being used as a trumpet type instrument signifying the summoning of people and the start of important events. Other illustrations include a map of all the Solomon Islands, traditional fishing, canoes, diving and marine fauna.
The banknote is printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard™ polymer substrate, and includes a clear window as well as a UV security feature thought to be a variation of Gemini™. The Central Bank has authorised approximately 100,000 commemorative banknotes to be produced.
Speaking of the new commemorative banknote, De La Rue’s Ruth Euling said:
“De La Rue is delighted to be partnering with the Central Bank of the Solomon Islands once again, especially on this special occasion to celebrate the 40th year of the their independence.”
The $2 coin meanwhile has been minted by the Royal Australian Mint and features a coloured design (images not available at time of writing). Again, 100,000 coins will reported be minted.
Both the coin and banknote were issued on 05 July 2018, the country’s day of independence.
To see images of the new banknote, view the De La Rue press release.
Read the Central Bank of Solomon press release.