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Press Release: Public Update on The Bahamas Digital Currency - SandDollar

Published: Friday July 7th, 2023

Press Release

Public Update on The Bahamas Digital Currency¾SandDollar


During June, the Central Bank of The Bahamas continued its SandDollar outreach across New Providence and North and Central Andros. Activities in New Providence featured the initial iteration of the SandDollar rebate program, beginning with Super Value and Quality Supermarkets (Super Value). Additionally, technical developments, allowing top-ups to any SandDollar-enabled mobile application from domestic bank accounts, were completed.

Ongoing Technical Upgrades

The Central Bank has completed developments allowing all SandDollar wallet holders to top-up their wallets from commercial bank accounts via online banking domestic transfers. This feature is available for all SandDollar-enabled wallets and, therefore, includes basic, premium, and merchant wallets published by Cash ‘N Go, Island Pay, Kanoo, MobileAssist, MoneyMaxx, OMNI Financial Services, SunCash Bahamas, or the original SandDollar app published by the Central Bank.

The Central Bank’s original SandDollar mobile wallet is undergoing a facelift. The smoother interface will include new features and promote a more pleasant user experience. The enhanced mobile app will provide a number of self-service tools, ranging from self-onboarding to secure wallet recovery. An optional memo field has been added, which allows additional transaction details—aiding reconciliation. The updated SandDollar app will feature a list of frequent contacts with whom wallet holders regularly transact. The Central Bank anticipates a public release in September 2023.

SandDollar Outreach Activities

The initial team of SandDollar Ambassadors, recruited to assist with outreach efforts in New Providence, has been selected. The group will undergo training before initial deployment in late July. Ambassador recruits from Grand Bahama and the Family Islands are expected to be identified and deployed shortly after. SandDollar Ambassadors will offer merchants and consumers on-demand assistance with the use of SandDollar through various platforms.

As part of the engagement process with large merchants, on Thursday, 8th June 2023, the Central Bank launched the top-up and rebate campaign with Super Value and Quality Supermarkets (Super Value) in New Providence. On pre-announced dates, the first 100 customers presenting an activated SandDollar-enabled digital wallet at announced store locations were eligible to receive a $20 wallet top-up. Patrons who spend $18 or more SandDollars in-store received an additional $5 top-up (rebate) upon their exit. The top-up campaign, which rotates among various Super Value locations, continues through 30th July. A more comprehensive rebate campaign is being finalised for an August 2023 rollout. This version of the campaign will include all Super Value locations. The public can look forward to similar rebate opportunities with popular SandDollar merchants throughout the year, as the Central Bank continues to focus on expanding the number of large merchants and organisations that accept SandDollar as a payment method.

SandDollar giveaways on Guardian Radio’s ‘On the Clock with Erin Greene’ continued throughout the month of June. Each weekday, listeners answer trivia questions for the chance to win two $30 giveaways.

The SandDollar team also continues to engage Family Island residents and merchants. To this end, the team met with business owners, communities, government officials, and associations in North and Central Andros in mid-June, both virtually and in person. The Central Bank was a featured presenter at the 15th June 2023 Andros Business Outlook. The selected topic was ‘SandDollar: Offering a Solution.’ The seminar also allowed the team to engage with participants in the exhibition space.

SandDollar adoption efforts also resulted in the central bank digital currency being featured as a payment method at the Long Island Regatta and associated events held from 31st May to 3rd June 2023 and the All Andros Crabfest held from 23rd to 25th June 2023. SunCash Bahamas served as the digital wallet provider for these events. Similarly, Cash ‘N Go has been selected by the Bahamas Games Organising Committee to facilitate SandDollar wallet services as one of the payment methods accepted at the 7th to 15th July event.

The public can expect outreach activities to continue throughout the year in New Providence and on the Family Islands. In this regard, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, and Bimini residents can look forward to in-person education and awareness opportunities to learn more about SandDollar during July, as the Central Bank and various digital wallet providers finalise visits to the respective islands.



Table 1. General SandDollar Statistics June 2023



SandDollars in circulation


Number of approved digital wallet providers


Active digital wallet providers


Number of consumer wallets


Number of merchant wallets



Table 2. Promotional SandDollar Distribution Tracker



Amount ($)

Belleville Exuma Homecoming and Regatta

August 2022


International Culture Wine and Food Festival

October 2022


Bahamas National Trust Wine and Art Festival

October 2022


Bahamas National Trust Jollification

November 2022


Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign

December 2022


Bahamas Red Cross Society Ball

January 2023


Financial Literacy Fair

April 2023


On The Clock | Guardian Radio Give Aways

Apr – Sep 2023


Bahamas Red Cross Society Fair

April 2023


Family Island Engagements



SandDollar Rebate Program







Running Total



Table 3. July 2023 Calendar of SandDollar Engagements




1 – 31 July

M – F | 10 – 11 a.m.

On the Clock with Erin Greene Sponsorship

Guardian Radio 96.9 FM.

SandDollar education. Questions and answers.

11 July

10 – 11 a.m.

On the Clock with Erin Greene in-studio appearance.

Guardian Radio 96.9 FM.

SandDollar education. Questions and answers.

Every second Tuesday of the month.

1 – 31 July


Family Island Engagement: Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, and Bimini


Virtual and in-person educational meetings with merchants and consumers on targeted islands.

1 – 31 July


Super Value Food Store

SandDollar Rebates


Spend $50 or more in SandDollars, and get SandDollars back. First 100 customers. Rules and conditions apply.

30 June and 1 July

Super Value Winton


4 and 5 July

Super Value Cable Beach


7 and 8 July

Super Value Baillou Hill Road


13 and 14 July

Super Value Nassau Street


18 and 19 July

Quality Super Markets Seagrapes Shopping Plaza


21 and 22 July

Super Value Robinson Road


25 and 26 July

Super Value Wulff Road


28 and 29 July

Quality Super Markets South Beach



Table 4: Selected SandDollar Merchants

  1. A1 Custom Prints, New Providence
  2. Albury’s Computer Repairs, New Providence
  3. Anchored Lifestyle Management, New Providence
  4. Aurelia’s Treasure, New Providence
  5. Bahamas Local Ltd., New Providence
  6. Commonwealth Fabrics, New Providence
  7. CSB Tech Emporium, New Providence
  1. DC Technology, New Providence
  2. Goombay Labs, New Providence
  3. Olde Nassau Café, New Providence
  4. West Bay Barbershop, New Providence
  5. Pine Island Resort, North Andros
  6. Chrispin’s General Store, Central Andros
  7. Smith’s Water Depot, Central Andros

Note: A complete list of merchants accepting the Bahamian digital currency is posted on the SandDollar website ( This table features select businesses.



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