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Sep 2009 Financial News

Shearer hits the streets - BOJ shares security features to look for

Sep 25, 2009

The Bank of Jamaica's $5,000 banknote was placed in circulation yesterday.

The note has the following security features:


1. Fine engraved lines on the portrait of Hugh Lawson Shearer, former prime minister of Jamaica (1967-1972).

2 . The black vertical serial number on the left side of the note should match the red horizontal serial number on the right hand side.

3. A wide Optiks silver thread featuring images of the Jamaican coat of arms (reversed front) is embedded in the paper. Optiks is a new security feature for Jamaican currencies.

4. When the note is held up to the light, the complete Optiks thread with 'BOJ 5000' repeated vertically on both sides becomes visible.

5. When viewed under ultraviolet light, two parallel fluorescent green bars are visible along the edge of the Optiks thread.

6. When viewed under UV light, the yellow background of the Jamaican coat of arms displays a red map of Jamaica on a green background.

7. The denomination numerals in the corners and the words 'BANK OF JAMAICA' and 'FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS' are embossed.

8. When the note is held up to the light, a watermark of Hugh Lawson Shearer and an adjacent bright '5000' electrotype are visible.

9. The chequered pattern on the image at the top right of the note becomes clearly visible when the note is held up to the light.


1. When the note is held up to the light, the image at the top left of the note, which appears chequered in plain view, becomes clearly visible.

2. The honeycomb pattern should be one consistent colour.

3. An image of Highway 2000 is in the centre of the bill.

4. The silver metallic oval created by the Optiks window should have a complete image of the Jamaican coat of arms within the oval.

5. When held up to the light, the 18mm wide Optiks window is visible with images of the Jamaica coat of arms and the 'BOJ 5000' text repeated at the edges.

6. Under UV light, the text 'BOJ' is visible along the edges of the Optiks thread.

7. There are finely engraved lines on the frangipani flowers on the right.

Jamaica Gleaner
Friday September 25, 2009