The Central Bank of Samoa (CBS) have unveiled their forthcoming polymer upgrade of its $5, $10, and $20 tala banknotes, marking a significant development in the nation's currency system.
Designed and printed by De La Rue, CBS has developed these new banknotes using the advanced SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate. This choice not only enhances the banknotes' durability but also their security, setting a new standard in currency design.
Following the successful issuance of the Commemorative $10 polymer note in 2019, CBS has extended this technology to the $5 and $20 tala denominations for the first time. The polymer $10 has demonstrated exceptional longevity and maintained a higher quality compared to its paper predecessor. The polymer banknotes are designed to last longer, stay cleaner, and uphold a higher standard of quality, reflecting CBS's commitment to both durability and aesthetics.
Security is paramount in the new series of banknotes. The polymer substrate is not only inherently secure, but also incorporates sophisticated security features and distinct properties.
- A distinctive tactile quality, differentiating polymer from paper banknotes.
- Special printing techniques to ensure that the ink will adhere to the surface, making the notes very challenging to counterfeit.
- A transparent window displaying a Tueila flower on each denomination.
- Under UV light, the GEMINI™ feature shows fluorescent colours and a prominent denomination number in a phosphorescent green block, BLINK™.
- The new banknotes also include a tactile emboss feature, with each denomination carrying a specific pattern of raised dots to assist the visually impaired in identifying each denomination.
As the CBS prepares to launch this polymer upgrade, it reaffirms its dedication to providing secure, high-quality banknotes that not only meet international standards but also represent the spirit and values of Samoa.
The $5 Tālā will be issued into circulation from the 18th December with the $10 and $20 Tālā denominations scheduled to be issued in the first quarter of 2024.