(CMR) A limited edition one-dollar coin is to go into circulation on Tuesday (December 1) in Barbados, with the country using the monetary instrument to celebrate frontline workers.
The glow-in the dark coin boasts the country's national flying fish and the waves are painted in blue.
Governor of the Central Bank, Cleviston Haynes, admitted that while the coins were not produced specifically for this purpose, the Bank thought it a fitting gesture to honour the country's essential workers.
“While we were under lockdown, they were on the frontlines keeping us healthy, keeping us safe. They made sure there was food available, that we could access the money we needed to purchase it, that our island was clean, that the public was updated… that all the services we needed that could not be facilitated remotely continued efficiently so Barbados could continue to function,” said Haynes
Similarly, Prime Minister Mia Mottley encouraged citizens to recognize and value the work of essential workers during COVID-19 lockdown and post-lockdown period.
Initially the coin's released were to accompany the country's Independence day festivities.
Barbados is the first island in the region to issue a painted, glow-in-the-dark coin, the coin was produced in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mint.