After two years the Central Bank’s museum has reopened with its Journey to Polymer Banknotes among the key features.
The exhibition also highlights through tangible objects and artefacts, the transition from cotton notes to polymer notes over 2014 to 2021, and the design and security elements that distinguish the new polymer suite.
Speaking at yesterday’s opening which coincided with International Museum Day, Central Bank Governor Dr Alvin Hilaire said, «We are now in reopening mode and we think we can do it safely but we need your support and participation,» adding that COVID however, is no where over as he also encouraged people to get vaccinated.
Noting that the past also relates to the present and certainly the future Hilaire said spaces such as museums bring together culture and people.
«A museum is not really a place of dead artefacts. It is a place of liaisons and what we at the Central Bank tries to do is be at the cutting edge; to be dynamic,» Hilaire explained.
He said the museum will not only welcome members of the public including students and retirees but also tourists who visit from the various cruise ships.
During the pandemic the museum offered virtual showings and tours but with its reopening it also showcased art pieces from young, local artists, Hilaire added.
According to its website, the driving force behind the Central Bank’s Museum is its commitment to culture and education, and with this in mind, it has created an inviting, open and engaging space that allows visitors to discover and learn about important aspects of the country’s economic and artistic culture and history.
In December 2014, a special edition gold-coloured polymer $50 note was commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the Central Bank of T&T. This note was upgraded with tactile features in 2015.
In December 2019, the bank introduced the $100 polymer note.
The full polymer currency suite was introduced over time from November 2020 ($5, $10 and $20) to February 2021 ($1 and $50) and since January 1, 2022, only the new polymer notes are legal tender.
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