BRUNEI Darussalam celebrated the joyous occasion of His Majesty 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’s Silver Jubilee Accession to the Throne, marking the 25th year of His Majesty’s reign of this abode of peace on October 5, 1992.
There was a wide array of hallmark events held to commemorate the special occasion, including the launching of the ‘Mushaf Brunei Darussalam’ (Holy Quran handwritten by experts) signifying the importance of Islam in the country as well as the establishment of the Royal Regalia building in Bandar Seri Begawan for the purpose of preserving the royal regalias and showcasing the opulent and rich traditions of Brunei Darussalam.
In conjunction with the Silver Jubilee Accession to the Throne of His Majesty, Brunei Currency Board at the Ministry of Finance (MoF) [now part of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD)] introduced a BND25 commemorative paper note in October 1992 to be circulated alongside other denominations.
Embellished in shades of purple, the front of the note features a portrait of His Majesty in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces ceremonial uniform and an image of the Royal Procession that took place after the Coronation Ceremony in 1968. The design is completed with an image of the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, one of the country’s major landmarks.
Meanwhile, the reverse side of the note depicts the historic occasion where His Majesty was crowned by His Majesty’s late father, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam as the 29th Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. The note also reveals the Mahkota used to crown His Majesty during the Coronation Ceremony.
To this date, the unique BND25 note remains a legal tender and is a popular collectible, not commonly seen in everyday transactions.
In 1993, the Brunei Currency Board also issued a new coin series bearing a change in the obverse inscription from “SULTAN HASSANAL BOLKIAH” to “SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH”. The coin series also features the front profile of His Majesty (right image) while the previous coin series showed His Majesty’s side profile (left image).
Memoirs from His Majesty’s Silver Jubilee Accession to the Throne were created especially for remembering Brunei Darussalam’s history, the significance of which was emphasised by His Majesty in the 1992 New Year’s eve titah.
AMBD is thus honoured to have played its part in preserving the history of our nation by documenting the development of currency in Brunei Darussalam. The public is welcome to visit the AMBD Currency Gallery housed at the Brunei Currency and Monetary Board Building, MoF Complex, Commonwealth Drive. The gallery showcases rare collections of artefacts and currencies from the previous eras to the recent currency series including commemorative notes and coins. The gallery is open daily from 8.30am-12noon and 2pm-4.30pm, except on Friday from 8.30am-11.00am and 3pm-4pm.
Outside the gallery, AMBD also displays some commemorative items which are available for sale to the public during office hours.
As an additional service to the general public, AMBD has introduced a self-service coin deposit machine in the lobby area of the MoF building through which unused coins can be returned to AMBD without charge.
The depositors will then receive reimbursements to their respective bank accounts.