Guyana launches commemorative $2000 GUARDIAN™ Polymer banknote

A new $2000 banknote to mark the 55th anniversary of Guyana’s independence from the UK has been launched by the Bank of Guyana. The release, which was delayed by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, is the first Guyanese banknote to use CCL Secure’s GUARDIAN™ polymer substrate.


The design of the note incorporates images that not only look to the country’s past, but also to its future and its environment. Images include a map of Guyana, the country’s national animal – the jaguar.

Security features built into the commemorative note, which will circulate alongside the rest of the Guyanese banknote family, include both a large and a small transparent window.  The large transparent window features an image of the country’s national animal- the jaguar.  Whereas the secondary smaller window is overprint with SPARK ink with a rolling bar effect.

Covert security features include a serial number and the words ‘One Guyana’ that only appear under UV light.

In launching the note, Dr Gobind Ganga, Governor of the Bank of Guyana, pointed out that the new banknote has features that make it cleaner, more durable, more environmentally friendly, and less likely to be counterfeited. In common with all other GUARDIAN banknotes, the new $2000 will also have a longer life and be fully recyclable.

“It has been a privilege to work with the Bank of Guyana on the design, development and production of this important new banknote,” said CCL Secure’s Director of R&D, Marketing and Design, Dr. Tim Berridge. “It is a prime example of the longer life, enhanced security, and better environmental performance that our polymer banknotes deliver.”

Guyana became independent of the British Empire on 26th May 1966 and has been a republic since 23rd February 1970.


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