Coins of the Brunei dollar

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The coins of the Brunei dollar are part of the physical form of current Brunei currency, the Brunei dollar. They have changed through time along with Brunei itself. A British protectorate from 1888 until 1983, it is currently an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

First Series[edit]

The decision was taken to adopt a native Bruneian currency called the Brunei dollar (or ringgit Brunei in Malay), which is divided into 100 cents (or sen in Malay). The portrait of the then Sultan, Omar Ali Saifuddin III (ruled 1950–1967), is depicted on the obverse. The reverse of these coins, and all subsequent series, was designed by Christopher Ironside OBE. The coins issued were 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen.[1]

First Series (1967) [1]
Value Technical parameters Description
Diameter Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
1 cent 17.70 mm 1.24 g Copper-plated zinc Plain Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Omar Ali Saifuddien III Year, Local design and said to represent flower or group of blossoms
5 cents 16.26 mm 1.56 g Aluminium bronze Reeded Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Omar Ali Saifuddien III Year, Tree-shaped local design and said to represent a bird
10 cents 19.40 mm 2.6 g Cupronickel Reeded Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Omar Ali Saifuddien III Year, Claw-shaped local design and said to represent an animal
20 cents 23.50 mm 4.5 g Year, A vertical oblong pattern based on local design and said to represent a tree
50 cents 27.70 mm 7.29 g Year, Coat of Arms
For table standards, see the coin specification table.

Second Series[edit]

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah acceded to the throne upon the abdication of his father in late 1967. The title of the Sultan is given as SULTAN HASSANAL BOLKIAH I. The same denominations as the 1967 coinage were retained and are still being struck. Commemorative coins of $1 through to $1,000 were struck in this period.[2]

Second Series (1968-1977) [2]
Value Technical parameters Description
Diameter Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
1 cent 17.70 mm 1.24 g Copper-plated zinc Plain Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Year, Local design and said to represent flower or group of blossoms
5 cents 16.26 mm 1.56 g Aluminium bronze Reeded Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Year, Tree-shaped local design and said to represent a bird
10 cents 19.40 mm 2.6 g Cupronickel Reeded Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Year, Claw-shaped local design and said to represent an animal
20 cents 23.50 mm 4.5 g Year, A vertical oblong pattern based on local design and said to represent a tree
50 cents 27.70 mm 7.29 g Year, Coat of Arms
For table standards, see the coin specification table.

Third Series[edit]

The title of the Sultan was changed to SULTAN HASSANAL BOLKIAH. In 1977, coins were struck with I and without I in the Sultan's title. Brunei became a fully independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations on January 1, 1984.[3]

Third Series (1977-1992)[3]
Value Technical parameters Description
Diameter Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
1 cent 17.70 mm 1.24 g Copper-plated zinc Plain Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Year, Local design and said to represent flower or group of blossoms
5 cents 16.26 mm 1.56 g Aluminium bronze Reeded Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Year, Tree-shaped local design and said to represent a bird
10 cents 19.40 mm 2.6 g Cupronickel Reeded Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Year, Claw-shaped local design and said to represent an animal
20 cents 23.50 mm 4.5 g Year, A vertical oblong pattern based on local design and said to represent a tree
50 cents 27.70 mm 7.29 g Year, Coat of Arms
For table standards, see the coin specification table.

Fourth Series[edit]

An entirely new portrait depicting the Sultan facing forward was adopted. The title of the Sultan is now given as SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH.[4]

Fourth Series (1993-)[4]
Image Value Technical parameters Description
Obverse Reverse Diameter Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
Brunei 2006 1 sen.jpg Brunei 2006 1 sen reverse.jpg 1 cent 17.70 mm 1.24 g Copper-plated zinc Plain Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Year, Local design and said to represent flower or group of blossoms
Brunei 2006 5 sen.jpg Brunei 2006 5 sen reverse.jpg 5 cents 16.26 mm 1.56 g Cupronickel Reeded Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Year, Tree-shaped local design and said to represent a bird
Brunei 2006 10 sen.jpg Brunei 2006 10 sen reverse.jpg 10 cents 19.40 mm 2.6 g Year, Claw-shaped local design and said to represent an animal
Brunei 2006 20 sen.jpg Brunei 2006 20 sen reverse.jpg 20 cents 23.50 mm 4.5 g Year, A vertical oblong pattern based on local design and said to represent a tree
Brunei 2006 50 sen.jpg Brunei 2006 50 sen reverse.jpg 50 cents 27.70 mm 7.29 g Year, Coat of Arms
For table standards, see the coin specification table.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brunei Currency and Monetary Board (2008-04-25). "Brunei Currency Board - Coins Specifications". Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  2. ^ Brunei Currency and Monetary Board (2008-04-25). "Brunei Currency Board - Coins Specifications". Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  3. ^ Brunei Currency and Monetary Board (2008-04-25). "Brunei Currency Board - Coins Specifications". Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  4. ^ Brunei Currency and Monetary Board (2008-04-25). "Brunei Currency Board - Coins Specifications". Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 

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