Revised 50 Dollar for Bermuda

Do you sometimes have that feeling that you've made something really pretty like a painting of your dog and after it's done, somebody comes along and mentions that you've forgotten to paint a tail? That must have been the feeling the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) had when they unveiled their new 50 Dollar banknote with beautiful pictures of local birds on it.

Local birds? Not according to ornithologist David Wingate who stated that the bird on the banknote was in fact NOT the local white-tailed tropicbird but rather a red-billed tropicbird. So what did the BMA do? Did they destroy all the wrong banknotes and quickly issued the right ones? No. They stated that it was indeed the wrong bird but that this one looked much nicer against the background than the right bird...

I had the exact same feeling with our former dutch 250 Gulden banknote. Instead of a firehouse, they should've put the Eiffel Tower on it. It's not a dutch building but that's just a minor detail of course.

Apparently the BMA had a change of heart because revised banknotes have been issued. This time with the right local bird on it and with a slightly different colour scheme. The prefix of the serial number has also been changed. The issue date for the old and new banknote remains the same: 1 January 2009.

On the left is the old banknote and on the right the revised version.

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Steven Thursday 03 January 2013 at 11:20 am | | news
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