KNOW YOU​R BANKNOTES

Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) acts as the central bank of Brunei Darussalam, has the sole right to manage and issue legal tender in the form of notes and coins for Brunei Darussalam. Prior to the formation of AMBD in 2011, the first modern Brunei Darussalam currency was issued by Brunei Currency Board (BCB) in 1967. In 2004, BCB was renamed to Brunei Currency and Monetary Board (BCMB) and since then more polymer banknotes were issued to replace previous paper series.  In general, polymer notes tend to be more hygienic, durable and less prone to counterfeit compared to paper notes.

THE HISTORY OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM CURRENCY NOTES

There are two types of banknotes in circulation, the paper series and the polymer series.  There are very few paper banknotes in circulation today as AMBD retains all paper banknotes returned by the banks and no longer reissue them.  Currently, AMBD only issues polymer notes.

1967 SERIES (PAPER NOTES)

On 12 June 1967, BCB issued and circulated the very first Brunei notes in denominations of BND 1, BND 5, BND 10, BND 50 and BND 100 to the banks and the public, and withdrew the currency notes of the Board of Commissioners of Currency, Malaya and British Borneo.  On 22 August 1967, BCB issued and circulated the first of Brunei Darussalam's coins of 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents to the banks and public.  The coins of the Board of Commissioners of Currency, Malaya and British Borneo were then withdrawn.  On the obverse of the 1967 paper money and coinage is the portrait of Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Saadul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam II, the 28th Sultan of Brunei.

1972, 1989, 1992 AND 2000 SERIES (PAPER NOTES)

The notes and coinage issued after 1967 depicted the portrait of His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.  There were more paper notes series being issued since 1967. There were the 1972, 1989, and 2000 series.

1996, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011 AND 2013 SERIES (POLYMER NOTES)

In 1996, BCB for the first time introduced the polymer notes of BND 1, BND 5 and BND 10. 

In 2004, BCMB introduced the BND 50 and BND 100 polymer notes. Our BND 100 polymer note won the Gold Medal award in the 22nd National Print Award (2005), Australia in the category of Security Printing.  The note was judged on the security features, design and the quality of printing.

In 2006 BCMB introduced the new BND 500, BND 1,000 and BND 10,000 polymer notes. This completes the conversion from paper to polymer series for all denominations in use. The BND 500 note was awarded the silver medal and BND 1,000 note was awarded gold medal at the 23rd National Print Award, Australia in Sydney on 25th May 2007.

​In 2007, to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement (CIA) between Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Singapore, BCMB introduced BND 20 polymer commemorative notes in collaboration with Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).  The BND 20 and SGD 20 polymer commemorative notes issued by the two countries were jointly launched on the same day. The CIA, which took effect on June 12, 1967, allows Brunei Darussalam and Singapore to accept and exchange each other's currency at par without charge.

In 2011, 15 years after Brunei Darussalam first introduced its polymer notes, AMBD, which was formerly known as BCMB, introduced a new design for the denominations of BND 1, BND 5 and BND 10 polymer notes for circulation.

In 2013, AMBD reprinted the polymer notes for the denominations BND 1 and BND 10 (Series 2011) with improved quality of the Tactile Braille. AMBD also reprinted the polymer notes for the denominations BND 100  (Series 2004) and BND 500 (Series 2006) with a change in printing technology, from analog to digital printing.

Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam

Date: 7 Rejab 1437H/ 15 April 2016M​