From the press release: "The design of the GHS5 commemorative note draws inspiration from significant milestones and achievements in Ghana?s socio-political history by one of the illustrious sons of this country, Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey." A portrait of Dr. Aggrey features on the front. Also on the front is the celebration theme: "Celebrating 60 years of central banking in Ghana 1957 – 2017.", the national coat of arms and the date of "4th March 2017".
The back of the note shows the cowry (shell money) or what is originally called "sedee" from which the national currency "The Cedi" was derived; and the Cocoa pod and Gold Bars which reflects their economic importance to the Ghanaian economy. We also see the FPSO Nkrumah, the drill ship and the oil rig, which represents the economic importance of oil to the Ghanaian economy and a QR-code linking to a website of the Central Bank that explains the details of the national banknotes.
The note is legal tender as well as a collector's item.