Owner: Bank of Namibia
Printer: Oberthur Fiduciaire
Substrate: Guardian™ by CCL Secure
Ink Supplier: SICPA
Security Features: CCL and SICPA
Designer: CCL & Bank of Namibia Teams
In celebration of the three decades of independence of the Republic of Namibia, the Bank launched a more durable and secure N$30 polymer commemorative banknote on 21 March 2020. The banknote was printed on Guardian and was the first commemorative banknote printed by the Bank of Namibia.
The obverse of the note features the portrait of Namibia’s first three presidents, namely the Founding President and Father of the Namibian Nation, H.E. Dr Sam Nujoma; the previous president, H.E. Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba; and the current president, H.E. Dr Hage G. Geingob, to symbolize unity, the smooth transition of power between the three presidents, peace, stability, and progress within an independent Namibia.
On the reverse side of the banknote, the Bank depicts the black rhinoceros, which is threatened with extinction and is one of the world’s most endangered species. This was in support of the country’s campaign to end rhinoceros poaching and demonstrates Namibia’s commitment to the protection of natural resources. It is worth noting that the Bank auctioned a few of the N$30 banknote to specialized international collectors to generate funds.
Speaking at the handover of the donation, Bank of Namibia’s Deputy Governor, Mr. Ebson Uanguta, stated that effective natural resource management and conservation is important for the tourism sector. Namibia’s wildlife including the Rhino is part of the reason why the country attracts international tourists and it also has various other economic values such as breeding and legal conservation-hunting trophies that benefits both communities and the national economy at large.