The Central Bank of Solomon Islands celebrates the country’s 40th Anniversary of Independence by launching De La Rue designed commemorative note

A limited edition commemorative $40 note has been launched today by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands to celebrate the country’s 40th anniversary of independence.

Designed by De La Rue and printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard™ polymer substrate, the new note will be issued on 7 July to coincide with the special anniversary. It will be the fifth note in the new family, following on from the launches of the $10, $20, $50 and $100.

The theme of the note is a celebration of independence with the phrase ‘A call to the nation to come together as one and move forward’. The innovative note is unusual because it has a vertical front design and more conventional horizontal back. On the vertical front of the note there is a stunning image of a man blowing a conch shell.  The conch shell is an instrument used as a traditional form of trumpet, summoning people to gather and signalling the start of important events. A stylised map of all the islands is a symbol of nationhood and inclusion.  On the back of the note the national flag can be seen in the background, overlaid with images of traditional fishing and canoe travel, diving and marine fauna.

There is a very limited number of notes being produced – just 100,000 – so they are guaranteed to be in high demand.

This collaboration continues De La Rue’s long standing relationship with the Solomon Islands that dates back to 1916. 

Speaking on the occasion of the launch, the Governor of the Central Bank Denton Rarawa said: ‘We are proud to be marking our 40th anniversary in such a significant way and are grateful to De La Rue for their continued assistance with many aspects of our currency and currency management’.

De La Rue’s Global Sales Director Ruth Euling said: ‘De La Rue is delighted to be partnering with the Central Bank of the Solomon Islands once again, especially on this special occasion to celebrate the 40th year of the their independence’.

Solomon Islands $40

For further information, please contact:

Sinead Keller- Head of Media and PR, De La Rue

e. m. +44 (0)7584 155244

Central Bank of Solomon Islands


About De La Rue:

De La Rue’s purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy. As a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations, De La Rue provides products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods. As the world’s largest designer and commercial printer of banknotes, De La Rue designs, manufactures and delivers banknotes, banknote substrates and security features to customers in a world where currency will continue to be a key part of the developing payments eco-system.

De La Rue is the only fully integrated supplier of both paper and polymer banknotes, and creates security features that ensure banknotes are protected against counterfeiting. De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial printer of passports, delivering national and international identity tokens and software solutions for governments in a world that is increasingly focused on the importance of a legal and secure identity for every individual. De La Rue also creates and delivers secure product identifiers and ‘track and trace’ software for governments and commercial customers alike to help to tackle the challenge of illicit or counterfeit goods and the collection of revenue and excise duties.

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