The Bank of Ghana has
revealed that it will issue upgraded and security-enhanced banknotes in Ghana
According to a statement issued by the BOG on Monday, April 8, the banknotes will have enhanced security features in line with evolving changes in the technological landscape.
The upgraded banknotes will also come with improved durability and machine readability.
The statement added that the upgraded and the existing series of banknotes will co-circulate.
The banknotes will be in circulation on May 6, 2019.
BELOW ARE NEW FEATURES
1.Optically Variable Magnetic Image (SPARK LIVE): It is a shiny colour-changing image of the cowrie shell on the GH₵10, star on the GH₵20 and cocoa pod on the GH₵50. When the note is tilted, a shiny line across the cowrie shell, star, and cocoa pod moves up and down. The colour of the feature also changes from gold to green when tilted.
2. New Enhanced Security Thread (RAPID): It is a shiny broken line with
3. More Prominent Watermark: It is the image of Tetteh Quarshie with a cocoa pod which has been made more noticeable in the plain star area of the banknote. It becomes visible on both sides when viewed against light. The denomination value can also be seen in the watermark area.
4.Enhanced Iridescent Band at the Back of the Banknote: It is a golden band with gold bars at the back of the banknote that runs from top to bottom. It can be seen more clearly when the note is tilted against light.
The Statement continued that, the following principal design elements will remain unchanged in the upgraded banknotes; the Big Six portrait, denominational colours, dimensions of the various denominations and other principal and background images.