The new EC$5 polymer banknote is now available in Anguilla and Saint Lucia.
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has issued the new notes to the National Commercial Bank of Anguilla and CIBC First Caribbean International Bank (Barbados) Ltd in Saint Lucia.
The ECCB launched its family of polymer notes in May 2019 with the new $50 note which features former Governor of the ECCB, the late Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner. The $100, $20 and $10 were issued subsequently based on stock levels at the commercial banks in the ECCB member countries.
The EC polymer notes are made from a thin, flexible and transparent plastic film. The notes are cleaner as they are more resistant to dirt and moisture; more secure as they are more difficult to counterfeit because polymer allows for the inclusion of advanced security features. The notes are also stronger because they are much more durable than paper and are difficult to tear.
The ECCB has also issued the EC$5 polymer note to commercials banks in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada and Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis.
The EC polymer and paper notes are co-circulating. Therefore, in conducting your business you may receive both the EC polymer and paper banknotes.