Louisenthal’s Hybrid in the Caribbean

Jamaica’s most frequently used banknote is now based on the long-life substrate from Louisenthal

The Bank of Jamaica issued a new series of banknotes on July 23 2012. In order to improve the quality of banknotes in circulation in the tropical climate, the $100 Jamaican note is made of the Hybrid™ substrate.

Of all the banknotes used in Jamaica, the $100 note is subject to the most wear and tear. The series of banknotes issued from this year forward should provide longer banknote life and improved tear-resistance. The notes are made from Louisenthal’s Hybrid banknote substrate.


It is not just its feel, which is similar to current banknotes, that Jamaicans find impressive. Another advantage is that it integrates known security features such as portrait watermarks and security threads.

Hybrid: for countries with challenging climatic conditions

Countries with a tropical climate have particular requirements for their banknotes. They need a substrate which allows them to remain in circulation longer than cotton banknotes in spite of the extreme conditions and which is highly secure at the same time. Hybrid is a tried and tested substrate, which is already used in other countries of a comparable size and with similar climatic conditions.


The Louisenthal substrate combines the advantages of cotton and polymer in a hybrid structure: Hybrid banknotes have a cotton core which provides the advantages of traditional banknotes, and a polymer laminate which improves their durability, even in extreme climatic conditions.

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For more information, read the Currency News article about Hybrid in Jamaica.

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