The Central Bank of Samoa (CBS) is upgrading its $5, $10, and $20 Tālā banknotes by converting them from cotton-based paper to the advanced SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate. Polymer is more durable than paper; it is also cleaner and of higher quality. All of these characteristics make polymer a good choice for these lower denomination, heavily circulated banknotes. The upgraded polymer notes will be put into circulation in stages.

Advanced security features added

The built-in security features of these notes have also been modernized and upgraded. They include:

  • A transparent window displaying a Tueila flower on each denomination.
  • Under UV light, the GEMINI™ feature shows fluorescent colours and a prominent denomination number in a phosphorescent green block, BLINK™.

Up close: Samoa’s new polymer banknotes

The color schemes and visual designs of the new notes are similar to their existing counterparts.

The $5 Tālā note was put into circulation on December 18, 2023.


The $10 Tālā note was put into circulation on January 23, 2024. 


The $20 Tālā note was put into circulation on January 23, 2024.  


Accessibility for the visually impaired

The new banknotes include a Tactile Emboss feature that allows visually impaired consumers to identify a note’s denomination by touch.

  • The $5 note has 6 raised dots.
  • The $10 note has 8 raised dots.
  • The $20 note has 10 raised dots.

Samoa’s new polymer banknotes reaffirm the dedication of CBS to provide “secure, high-quality banknotes that not only meet international standards but also represent the spirit and values of Samoa.”

The existing paper $5, $10, and $20 Tālā notes will circulate alongside the new notes until further notice.


Central Bank of Samoa


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