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Banknotes On 12 June 1967,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> the government (Kerajaan Brunei) introduced notes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 dollars. Notes for 500 and 1000 dollars followed in 1979. In 1989, the title on the paper money was changed to Negara Brunei Darussalam, the official name of the country, and the Malay term for “State of Brunei, Abode of Peace.” 10,000 dollar notes were introduced the same year. All notes bear the denomination in Malay (in both Rumi and Jawi) and in English. The English denomination appeared on the obverse below the denomination in Malay on the earlier series, but now appears on the reverse together with the Jawi.

Five series of notes have been issued. The colours of $1, $5, and $10 notes have been the same for all the series of banknotes. [1]

1967 series

First series (1967) - currency with the portrait of HM the late Sultan Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin, the 28th ruler of Brunei.

1972 series

Second series - This series was the same as the first series with exception that the portrait of HM Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin was replaced by the portrait of HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th and current ruler of Brunei. All subsequent currency has the portrait of HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. In addition, two new higher denominations were issued in 1979.

  • $1 ~ $100 like 1967 series
  • $500 - orange
  • $1000 - brown

1989 series

Third series - the post independence series. This series was gradually being replaced by the fourth series.

  • $1 - blue
  • $5 - green
  • $10 - red
  • $50 - brown, green, orange
  • $100 - purple
  • $500 - orange
  • $1000 - red-violet, purple, olive
  • $10000 - green, orange

1996–2000 polymer and paper series

Fourth Series (1996–2000) all notes except for the polymer issues are no longer printed.

1996 Polymer and Paper Notes
Image Value Dimensions Main Colour Description Date of issue Material
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse Window / Watermark
100px 100px $1 141 x 69 mm Blue Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Rainforest Waterfall Coat of Arms of Brunei
(Transparent window)
1996 Polymer
100px 100px $5 Green Rainforest Floor
100px 100px $10 Red Rainforest Canopy
$50 158 x 75 mm Brown, Green and Blue Oil Rig Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
(Watermark)
1996 Paper
[2] $100 Brown, Orange Brunei International Airport
[3] [4] $500 175 x 81 mm Orange Royal Regalia Building 2000

2004–2007 (polymer) series

Polymer banknotes were introduced in (2004) due to high cases of banknote forgery. All of them are polymer. The $100 note of this series has won a gold medal award for its security features in the 22nd National Print Award in Australia in May 2005.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

2004-2007 Polymer Notes
Image Value Dimensions Main Colour Description Date of
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse Transparent Window printing issue
100px 100px $50 158 x 75 mm Light Blue and Bronze Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Rainforest Bushes Various different flora of Brunei 15 July 2004
Hassanal Bolkiah's 58th birthday
100px 100px $100 Brown and orange Chermin Island
100px [5] $500 175 x 81 mm Pink Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation Building (Yayasan) 2006 28 December 2006
[6] [7] $1000 182 x 84 mm Grey and Brown Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah The Ministry of Finance Building in Bandar Seri Begawan 21 June 2007
100px 100px $10,000 180 x 90 mm Gold and Green The Legislative Council (Parliament) Building in Bandar Seri Begawan 28 December 2006

The S$10,000 and B$10,000 notes are the world's most valuable banknotes, worth USD 8000 as of September 2014 (that are officially in circulation).<ref name="shequality">PARITY DEMOCRACY and MONEY: Annual Meetings Paper 11, COUNCIL for PARITY DEMOCRACY. Retrieved 18 November 2012.</ref> They are worth eight times as much as the next most valuable, the 1000 Swiss franc note (USD 1063).

2011 polymer series

To commemorate the 65th birthday of HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.<ref>Brunei new 1-, 5-, and 10-dollar notes confirmed, BanknoteNews.com. Retrieved 27 July 2011.</ref> Shortly after the notes were issued, the Braille dots on the upper left front corner of the new polymer notes are not raised. The Braille dots cannot be felt tactilely, and they are not accurately rendered as Braille numbers corresponding to the denominations. Specifically, the spacing of the dots is wrong, and the lack the lead-in character that indicates that numbers follow.<ref>Brunei's new notes contain Braille blunder, BanknoteNews.com. Retrieved 19 August 2011.</ref><ref>Accuracy of Braille in banknotes questioned, The Brunei Times. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.</ref>

Commemorative

  • $25 - purple and beige (1992)
This was issued during the silver jubilee (25th anniversary) of HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah acceding to the throne. The design is of the 1989 series of currency.
  • $20 - yellow (polymer, 2007)
On 27 June 2007, Singapore and Brunei celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement (since 12 June 1967) by joint-issuing commemorative $20 notes.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation

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The two authorities issue distinct versions of the new $20 notes. They are both yellow, 149 × 72 mm in size, and made of polymer. The reverses are almost identical except that the Brunei version has their state title in Jawi script, while the Singaporean version has the state title of Brunei in Latin script.<ref name="annex1">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation

|CitationClass=web }}</ref> The obverse of the Singaporean version is similar to the current Portrait Series, whereas the obverse of the Brunei version is similar to the $50 and $100 of the 2004 series.

There is a limited edition set, which consists of both versions in a folder, with matching serial number. The notes have "40th Anniversary Currency Interchangeability Agreement" overprinted on obverse. In addition, the Singaporean version has the two countries' state creates above the commemorative text. Only 12,000 sets are available, 10,000 from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and 2,000 from the Brunei Currency and Monetary Board.<ref name="annex1"/>
The circulation version has been available since 16 July 2007.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation

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