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By Zaya Williams
Starting December 6, a new EC dollar note featuring a familiar face will circulate as the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank unveils its EC$2 commemorative polymer banknote.
In celebration of the Bank’s 40th anniversary, the note proudly displays the image of Sir Vivian Richards, Antigua and Barbuda’s sole living national hero.
It was unveiled at a Friday night ceremony where the legendary cricketer was given the very first copy of the note.
Sir Vivian began his international cricket career at the age of 22 and played for the West Indies team until 1993, during which he established himself as one of the most formidable batsmen of all time, scoring 8,540 runs and averaging more than 50 runs per innings in Test competition.
Despite playing in an era when some of the game’s most dominant fast bowlers thrived, he famously refused to wear a batting helmet.
Richards recorded 24 centuries in his career and captained the West Indian team from 1985 to 1991, leading them to sweeping international success. In recognition of his achievements, Sir Vivian was knighted by the Antigua and Barbuda government in 1999.
According to the ECCB, “The EC$2 commemorative note marks the first time that a reflective silver ink, a gold iridescent ink and a holographic blue foil have appeared together on a banknote, representing an innovation in global currency design and security.”
This unique banknote will be accessible at commercial banks across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union from the specified date.