Every 6th of August, Jamaica commemorates its independence from the United Kingdom. The country was under the British rule for more than 3 centuries and finally gained its freedom on August 6, 1962. Read along to learn about banknotes with relation to Jamaica Independence day.

Jamaica Independence Day Celebrations | Source: Visit Jamaica

These new set of Jamaican dollar banknotes are dated 2022 in time for the country’s 60th year of independence, honoring the nation’s freedom fighters, Pan Africanist; Nation Nation Builders, and Fathers of the Nation. 

Jamaica 50 Dollars | 2022 | Source: Banknote World

The new Jamaican 50 dollar note features George William Gordon, who was a leading critic of the colonial government, and national hero Paul Bogle who is known for leading the protesters in the Morant Bay rebellion.  The note’s reverse features the Doctor’s Cave Beach.

Jamaica 100 Dollars | 2022 | Source: Banknote World

On the obverse of the new 100 Jamaican dollar banknote is a portrait of Marcus Mosiah Garvey who  founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communites League that influenced the African-American history and development. The reverse shoes the Dunn’s River Falls near Ochos Rios. 

Jamaica 500 Dollars | 2022 | Source: Banknote World

Nanny of the Maroons and Samuel Sharpe are reflected on the obverse of the 500-dollar note. Nanny led the enslaved community called the Windward Maroons that fought in the First Maroon War, a guerilla war against British authorities.  Enslaved Jamaican Samuel Sharpe, on the other hand, led the Baptist War slave rebellion. In 1975, Samuel Sharpe was proclaimed national hero.  

Jamaica 1,000 Dollars | 2022 | Source: Banknote World

The obverse of the 1,000 dollar paper bill depicts Jamaica’s first Prime Minister Alexander Bustamante and his cousin, Norman Manley who served as the first and only Premier of Jamaica. The reverse of the note features the Jamaica House which served as the Office of the Prime Minister.

Jamaica 2,000 Dollars | 2022 | Source: Banknote World

Featured on the obverse of the 2,000 dollar banknote are the fourth Prime Minister Michael Manley and the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga. The reverse features children at the Central Branch Primary School, representing the diverse races that make up the Jamaican population. 

Jamaica 5,000 Dollars Banknote, 2022 | Source: Banknote World

The 5,000 dollar banknote second prime minister of Jamaica Donald Sangster and third prime minister Hugh Shearer. The reverse displays a photograph of the Highway 2000.

Hugh Shearer | Source: Banknote World

These commemorative notes are printed on polymer and themed Reigniting a Nation for Greatness. They also bear the national coat of arms and the 60th anniversary logo on the obverse. Their watermark reveals the personalities featured on the note’s obverse. With  either large numbering or tactile printing, the notes are designed to better address the needs of the visually impaired individuals. 

Donald Burns Sangster | Source: Wikipedia

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *