13th October 2021
New 100 Dollar Note Issued in the Bahamas Featuring MOTION SURFACE® technology
The Central Bank of The Bahamas has issued a new 100 dollar banknote into circulation from October 6, 2021. It has a unique combination of security features, including Crane Currency’s MOTION SURFACE micro-optic stripe making it one of the most secure banknotes in the world.
The 12 mm wide micro-optic MOTION SURFACE stripe is integrated into the new 100 dollar banknote to make excellent use of its vertical design. Its secure and captivating effects include the 3D effect Topo – the banknote industry’s only visual effect scientifically shown to be authenticated by the public in a fraction of a second. But those lucky enough to hold the new banknote will want to take a longer look.
The MOTION SURFACE stripe also features schools of fish swimming at depths deep within the banknote, while others swim lazily near its surface in the famous blue waters of the Bahamas.
The banknote was printed by the Canadian Banknote Company on Durasafe®, a paper-polymer-paper composite substrate produced by Swiss company Landqart. This is the first banknote printed on Durasafe to use MOTION SURFACE technology as its primary security feature.
In November 2020, the Central Bank of The Bahamas received the prestigious IACA Technical Award nomination for its 50 dollar banknote issued in 2019. It was the first implementation of Crane’s RAPID® security thread with the Durasafe substrate. The substrate’s unique construction provided the opportunity for showing off RAPID security thread’s dynamic and customized visual effects in the longest thread window as yet used on a circulating banknote. To learn more about the 50 dollar banknote and its RAPID security thread, click here to see the video.
Beginning in 2013, The Central Bank of The Bahamas embarked on program to modernize its banknotes, the CRISP Evolution. The 100 dollar banknote is the seventh issuance of the Bank’s new and modernized banknotes and portrays the late Arthur Dion Hanna, former Governor General, former Deputy Prime Minister, and a former Minister of Finance of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.