17 March 2022, Basseterre, Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis – The Eastern
Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has won the Reconnaissance International Regional New
Banknote Series Award for its family of EC Polymer Notes.
The prestigious award recognises newly introduced banknotes and ID documents that
exemplify superior technical sophistication and excellence in design and security.
In his virtual acceptance speech, Acting Director in the ECCB’s Currency Management
Department, Norman Sabaroche, thanked Reconnaissance International for the award,
noting that it is a fitting accolade for the ECCB’s innovation of changing the substrate of its
notes from paper to polymer. The ECCB is the first central bank in the Caribbean to
introduce a full series of polymer banknotes.
In 2019, the ECCB commenced collaboration with its banknote development partner,
De La Rue, to roll out the new family of polymer notes under the tagline: ‘Cleaner, Safer,
Stronger’; a nod to the strength, security and environmentally-conscious designs of the
banknotes. The final denomination in the series, the EC$5, was issued in 2021.