Key Security Features of the Jamaican $5000 Note
- Look for the fine engraved lines of the portrait of the Most Honourable Hugh Lawson Shearer O.N., P.C., Prime Minister of Jamaica (1967 – 1972)
- Look for the black vertical serial number which increases in size. It should match the red horizontal number on the right hand side.
- Look for the wide Optiks™ silver thread featuring images of the Jamaican coat of arms (reversed on front). This thread is contained within the paper and is not stuck on top of it.
- When the note is held up to the light, the complete thread with ‘BOJ 5000’ REPEATED vertically on both sides.
- When viewed under UV light two parallel bars of fluorescent green are visible along the edge of the Optiks thread.
- The yellow background of the Jamaican coat of arms (right reading) displays a red map of Jamaica on a green background under UV light.
- Feel the tactility of the denomination numerals in the corners and the text containing the words’ BANK OF JAMAICA’ and ‘FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS’.
- Hold the note up to the light to see the watermark of the Most Honourable Hugh Lawson Shearer and an adjacent bright ‘5000’ electrotype.
- The chequered image becomes perfectly complete as a leaf when the note is held up to the light.
- As with the front, the leaf pattern is completed when the note is held up to the light.
- Check that the honeycomb pattern should look smooth and of one colour.
- Look for the image of Highway 2000.
- Look for the silver metallic oval created by the Optiks window. Within the oval you should see at least one complete image of the Jamaican coat of arms (right reading).
- When held up to the light the 18mm wide Optiks thread is visible with images of the Jamaican coat of arms and the ‘BOJ 5000’ text repeated at the edges.
- Under UV light the text ‘BOJ 5000’ is visible along the edges of the thread.
- Look at the fine engraved lines of the frangipani flowers (plumeria rubra).