• Today
    October 16

  • 07:11 AM

What's Trending: Fake New Money

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 05 November 2013


The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. Just a few months after the Barbados currency was modernized with new and upgraded features to make it more difficult to reproduce, counterfeit bills are in circulation. The Central Bank of Barbados said it was not unusual for counterfeit bills to surface soon after new currency was introduced, but the new features should make it easier to authenticate the bills. The fake currency has none of the security features and are “noticeably different” to the genuine notes. Online readers expressed shock that counterfeit currency was already in circulation. Several admitted they did not like the look of the new money and disparagingly referred to it as “monopoly money”. Dean Harperdop: We could have stuck with the old notes. Kenville Harry: The money is far too light and the old design was way better, much more durable. Our dollar design stood out, now it just looks like every other dollar bill in the world. Lance Layne: These new notes look to me like they are counterfeit themselves. I really don’t like the look of them at all! Lynda Bonnett: I know that would have happened to the monopoly money. Pam Cummins: This does not surprise me. [I] had a chance to use them on a recent holiday to Bim and they looked too pretty. The paper did not feel like how proper notes should feel. Tisha Tisha: I thought they said it can’t happen. David Hall: Tell me again why we rushed to print new money when we nearly don’t have any, then to have it counterfeited in mere weeks and force us to expend money to increase ways of detection?


Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus


Do you agree with the Barbados Licensing Authority’s decision to repeal the decision to require motorist to provide proof of address in order to renew their licenses or register new vehicles?