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Central Bank of The Bahamas to Release its New $5 Banknote – September 23, 2020

Published: Thursday September 17th, 2020

The Central Bank of The Bahamas is pleased to release its new $5 banknote on September 23, 2020, the seventh instalment in its CRISP Evolution family of banknotes.

Consistent with its mandate to provide safe and secure banknotes, the Central Bank continues to combine modern design perspectives with innovative security features to create culturally relevant banknotes that the public can use with confidence. This banknote, like the $1 released in 2017 under the CRISP Evolution umbrella, is printed on Giesecke + Devrient’s durable Hybrid™ substrate, allowing it to last longer and stay cleaner in circulation than previous versions printed on cotton.


The new $5 banknote is predominantly yellow, with shades of red, lilac, green, and blue, maintaining the same dimensions of existing banknotes. On its front, the note bears a portrait of the late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield and an image of a hibiscus in the center, while the back features a vignette depicting Bahamian Artist Delton Barrett’s likeness of a Junkanoo cowbeller in full costume.

To coincide with the release of this banknote, and to complement its online training tool and targeted counterfeit detection workshops, the Central Bank also releases the second iteration of its mobile banknote app. The updated app promotes key security features of the new $5, as well as previous denominations issued under the CRISP Evolution family. This intuitive app, like the online training tool, can assist with identifying genuine Bahamian banknotes.
















For more information on this banknote and other denominations in the CRISP Evolution family, kindly visit the Central Bank’s website at, where you can also download the banknote app and access the online banknote training tool. The banknote app may also be downloaded from the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores under the name CBBBanknoteMAP.

September 17, 2020