Notes

The Trinidad and Tobago Coat of Arms appears on the front of each denomination of notes together with a vignette of a local bird, while the reverse side showcases the Central Bank building and a scene that is integral to the economic life of the country. Notes are colour coded by denomination - the $1 is red, the $5 is green, the $10 is grey, the $20 is purple, the $50 is olive green and the $100 is blue. Look out for the new polymer $50 introduced in December 2014. The new polymer $50 is golden in colour.

 

What's In Your Pocket?

 

Some key characteristics of the currency notes are shown below:

The new polymer $50

 

Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)

Front

  1. Trinidad and Tobago Coat of Arms – This national symbol is larger than in previous notes and it is positioned at the left side of the front of the note to prevent it from being creased when the note is folded.
  2. Carnival image ­– Children’s carnival masquerader
  3. Transparent window – This clear window can be seen around the image of a Red-capped Cardinal bird. It is visible on both sides of the note.
  4.  Print mark – This features an image of the Red-capped Cardinal bird.
  5.  Green/blue iridescent feature – The wings of the Red-capped Cardinal change colour from green to blue as the note is tilted.
  6.  Microtext panel – The number “50” is printed here.
  7.  Blind emboss over bleed-off denomination bars – Raised tactile bars at the side of the note are easy to feel and are helpful to visually impaired people.
  8. Spark® Orbital™  – This small gold-green iridescent hibiscus flower changes colour as you move the note around. There is also a bright ring around the centre of the flower that moves as the note is tilted.
  9. Gemini™ feature – This is visible only under black or UV light.
  10. Blue IR readable number serial number ­­­­– This feature is not visible to the human eye.
  11. Machine-readable block of text reading “50” – There are two of these text blocks on the $50 note.

Reverse

Scene: Carnival Masquerader

Frequently Asked Questions on the Polymer $50 Banknote

 

Upgraded 1 Dollar Note

 

Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)

Front

  1. Scarlet Ibis Watermark & Value numeral electrotype - EACH denomination banknote when held up against the light will show an image of the same bird that features on the front of the note. On the $1 an image of the Scarlet Ibis and a bright image of the TT1 are visible
  2. Thread with text - A new narrower 1.2mm thread comes to the surface at regular intervals. The complete thread is only visible when viewed against the light and will read ‘CBTT’ and the denomination. This thread does NOT fluoresce under UV light.
  3. Blue vertical numbering - both serial numbers have progressively larger digits.
  4. Series Date - 2002.
  5. Large textured value numeral - Facilitates handling by the visually impaired.
  6. Gold iridescent band - A band printed with iridescent gold ink is on the reverse.
  7. See-through feature - When the banknote is held against the light a complete design showing a Scarlet Ibis bird will be seen.
  8. Borders- the borders echo the background colours of the note on the front and the back.
  9. Duplex pattern- different colours in perfect register.

Reverse

Scene: Point Lisas Industrial Estate

 

Upgraded 5 Dollar Note

 

Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)

Front

  1. Mot Mot Watermark & Value numeral electrotype - EACH denomination banknote when held up against the light will show an image of the same bird that features on the front of the note. On the $5 an image of the Mot Mot bird and a bright image of TT5 are visible.
  2. Blue vertical numbering - both serial numbers have progressively larger digits
  3. Series Date - 2002
  4. Thread with text - The existing 2mm thread comes to the surface at regular intervals. The complete thread is only visible when viewed against the light and will read ‘CBTT’ and the denomination. The thread fluoresces under UV light.
  5. See-through feature - When the banknote is held against the light a complete design showing a Mot mot bird will be seen.
  6. Large textured value numeral - Facilities handling by the visually impaired.
  7. Gold iridescent band - A band printed with iridescent gold ink is on the reverse.
  8. Borders- the borders echo the background colours of the note on the front and the back.
  9. Duplex pattern- different colours in perfect register.

Reverse

Scene: Market

Upgraded 10 Dollar Note

 

Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)

Front

  1. Cocrico bird Watermark & Value numeral electrotype - EACH denomination banknote when held up against the light will show an image of the same bird that features on the front of the note. On the $10 an image of the Cocrico bird and a bright image of 10 are visible.
  2. See-through feature - When the banknote is held against the light an image of the Cocrico bird will be seen. On the 2006 series you will note an engraved rosette printed behind the bird and the position has moved, to just above the Governor’s signature.
  3. Blue vertical numbering - both serial numbers have progressively larger digits
  4. Series Date - 2002
  5. Thread with text - The existing 2mm thread comes to the surface at regular intervals. The complete thread is only visible when viewed against the light and will read ‘CBTT’ and the denomination. The thread fluoresces under UV light.
  6. Large textured value numeral - Facilities handling by the visually impaired.
  7. Gold iridescent band - A band printed with iridescent gold ink is on the reverse.
  8. Borders - the borders echo the background colours of the note on the front and the back.
  9. Duplex pattern - different colours in perfect register.

Reverse

Scene: Port

Upgraded 20 Dollar Note

 

Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)

Front

  1. Humming Bird Watermark & Value numeral electrotype - EACH denomination banknote when held up against the light will show an image of the same bird that features on the front of the note. On the $20 an image of the Humming bird and a bright image of 20 are visible.
  2. See-through feature - When the banknote is held against the light an image of the Humming bird will be seen. On the 2006 series you will note an engraved rosette printed behind the bird and the position has moved, to just above the Governor’s signature.
  3. Blue vertical numbering - both serial numbers have progressively larger digits
  4. Series Date - 2002.
  5. Thread with text - The existing 2mm thread comes to the surface at regular intervals. The complete thread is only visible when viewed against the light and will read ‘CBTT’ and the denomination. The thread fluoresces under UV light.
  6. Large textured value numeral - Facilities handling by the visually impaired.
  7. Gold iridescent band - A band printed with iridescent gold ink is on the reverse.
  8. Borders - the borders echo the background colours of the note on the front and the back.
  9. Duplex pattern - different colours in perfect register.
  10. Gold foil - The $20 carries a gold foil Hibiscus on the front right of the note.

Reverse

Scene: Steelpans

50 Dollar Note

 

Size: 155 x 66 mm (6.10 x 2.59 inches)

Front

Key Security Features

  1. Red-Capped Cardinal bird Watermark & Value numeral electrotype - Each denomination banknote when held up against the light will show an image of the same bird that features on the front of the note. On the $50 an image of the Red-Capped Cardinal bird and a bright image of a 50 are visible.
  2. See-through feature - When the banknote is held against the light, an image of the Red-Capped Cardinal bird will be seen. An engraved rosette printed behind the bird positioned just above the Governor’s signature will also be visible.
  3. Blue numbering - both serial numbers have progressively larger digits
  4. Colour: - Olive Green
  5. Thread with text - The 2mm thread comes to the surface at regular intervals. The complete thread is only visible when viewed against the light and will read ‘CBTT’ and the denomination. This thread fluoresces under UV light.
  6. Large textured value numeral - Facilitates handling by the visually impaired.
  7. Text around the Coat of Arms - On the commemorative issues, the following words are inserted:'CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE 1962-2012'
  8. Hologram - When tilted, the $50 denomination hologram depicts the $ sign moving behind the Red-Capped Cardinal bird.
  9. Tactile Bars - The bars down the sides of the banknote vary per denomination and help the visually impaired to feel which denomination they are holding.

Reverse

Scene: Red House
 

Key Security Features

  1. Gold Iridescent Band - A band printed with iridescent gold ink.
  2. Borders - The borders echo the background colours of the note on the front and the back.
  3. Duplex pattern - Different colours in perfect register.

Frequently Asked Questions on the current $50.00 Banknote

 

Upgraded 100 Dollar Note

Size: 152.4 x 69.85 mm (6.0 x 2.75 inches)

Front

  1. Bird of Paradise Watermark & Value numeral electrotype - EACH denomination banknote when held up against the light will show an image of the same bird that features on the front of the note. On the $100 an image of the Bird of Paradise and a bright image of 100 are visible.
  2. See-through feature - When the banknote is held against the light an image of the Bird of Paradise will be seen. On the 2006 series you will note an engraved rosette printed behind the bird but it remains the same position as before.
  3. Blue vertical numbering - both serial numbers have progressively larger digits
  4. Series Date - 2002.
  5. Thread with text - The existing 2mm thread comes to the surface at regular intervals. The complete thread is only visible when viewed against the light and will read ‘CBTT’ and the denomination. The thread fluoresces under UV light.
  6. Large textured value numeral - Facilities handling by the visually impaired.
  7. Gold iridescent band - A band printed with iridescent gold ink is on the reverse.
  8. Borders - the borders echo the background colours of the note on the front and the back.
  9. Duplex pattern - different colours in perfect register.
  10. Hologram - The $100 denomination carries a silver based hologram in the shape of a shield on the front right of the note. As the hologram is tiled, repeated images of an Ibis and the initial ‘T&T’ can be seen.

Reverse

Scene: Marine Oil Platform

2006 Banknote Series Enhancements

The 2006 currency notes will now include a series of raised bars at the top left and right hand sides of each denomination to assist the visually impaired. Please see the table below which includes full details on this feature. These notes will contain all other security features associated with the 2006 series.

Denomination Details
$1 2 horizontal bars with value numeral 1 in the top bar
$5 3 horizontal bars with value numeral 5 in the top bar
$10 4 horizontal bars with value numeral 10 in the top bar
$20 5 horizontal bars with value numeral 20 in the top bar
$50 6 horizontal bars with value numeral 50 in the top bar
$100 7 horizontal bars with value numeral 100 in the top bar

 

Notes bearing the signature of Governor Jwala Rambarran went into circulation in November 2013. All previous bills remain legal tender.