Bank of Jamaica and Museum of Coins & Notes


The national mint and treasury stands at the east end of Ocean Blvd, fronted by a tall concrete statue of Noel ‘Crab’ Nethersole (minister of finance from 1955 to 1969). Inside the bank building you’ll find a surprisingly absorbing museum displaying Jamaican currency through the centuries, and chronicling the history of money worldwide, from early bartering systems to the Chinese invention of coins and notes.

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