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The EC banknotes are in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. From time to time the ECCB upgrades the security features of the notes, in an effort to guard against counterfeiting. The last upgrade of EC notes was on 1 April 2008.

The upgraded notes do not bear the barcodes or country codes which form part of the serial number on current notes. Additionally, the fish in the area where the barcodes were, are made more prominent by intaglio ink and the serial number on the upgraded notes have two alpha characters instead of one as on previous issues of EC notes. All other existing security features remain unchanged.

Know Your EC Notes Poster

  Existing Security Features
1. See-through Feature
On all of the banknotes, there are fish in the bottom left hand corner on the front of the notes. When the notes are held up to the light, parts of the fish fill in, as areas on the back of the note line up perfectly with the front.
2. Watermark
There is a watermark depicting Queen Elizabeth II on each of the notes. The mould-made watermark appears three-dimensional when the note is held up to the light.
3. Security Thread
The security thread has been upgraded. When the banknote is viewed from the front under reflected UV light, the letters ECCB and the denominational value of the note are clearly visible in yellow, against a blue background.

A second security thread has also been added. This is a narrow, continuous black line, to the left of the Queen's portrait.
4. Electrotype
The electrotype reads "ECCB" and enhances the visibility and security of the traditional mould-made watermark.
5. Intaglio Over Foil
The notes bear a highly reflective foil, which shows the denomination. The letters ECCB and the denomination can be seen in small print around the foil. The presence of intaglio enhances the security of the notes.
6. Silver Metallic Ink
A compass rose is printed in silver coloured ink on the back of the notes. The ink gives a metallic lustre to the image, and enhances its appearance.
7. Iridescent print
On the back of the notes, there is an area printed with a special iridescent ink, which has a golden sheen. If you move the note around in the light, you can see the image of several fishes which appear and disappear depending on the angle of view
8. Novel Numbering
Each individual banknote bears a unique serial number, which is printed vertically on the left hand side of the note and horizontally in “novel” numbering style on the right hand side. The country code which formed part of the serial number on previous issues of family of notes is not part of the upgraded features on the new issues of family of notes.
  The current notes in circulation will continue to be legal tender, and will be replaced in the normal way, through wear and tear, over time.

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