BANKNOTES OF THE BAHAMAS
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Government of the Bahamas
Currency Note Act of 1919

 
1919 2b 4 Shillings  
 

Government of the Bahamas
Currency Note Act of 1936
King George VI

 
1936 9e 4 Shillings  
 
1936 10d 10 Shillings  
 
1936 11c 1 Pound  
 

Government of the Bahamas
Currency Note Act of 1936 (1953)
Queen Elizabeth II

 
1936
(1953)
13c 4 Shillings  
 
1936
(1953)
15d 1 Pound  
 

Government of the Bahamas
Currency Note Act of 1965

 
1965 17 1/2 Dollar  
 
1965 18 1 Dollar  
 
1965 19 3 Dollars  
 
1965 20 5 Dollars  
 
1965 22 10 Dollars  
 
1965 23 20 Dollars  
 
1965 24 50 Dollars  
 
1965 25 100 Dollars  
 

Bahamas Monetary Authority
Monetary Authority Act of 1968

 
1968 26 1/2 Dollar  
 
1968 26s 1/2 Dollar  
 
1968 27 1 Dollar  
 
1968 27s 1 Dollar  
 
1968 28 3 Dollars  
 
1968 28s 3 Dollars  
 
1968 29s 5 Dollars  
 
1968 30s 10 Dollars  
 
1968 31s 20 Dollars  
 
1968 32s 50 Dollars  
 
1968 33s 100 Dollars  
 

Central Bank of the Bahamas
Central Bank Act of 1974 - (1974 Issue)

 
1974 35s 1 Dollars  
 
1974 37s 5 Dollars  
 
1974 38s 10 Dollars  
 
1974 39s 20 Dollars  
 
1974 40s 50 Dollars  
 
1974 41s 100 Dollars  
 

Central Bank Act of 1974 - (1984 Issue)

 
1984 42 1/2 Dollar  
 
1984 42s 1/2 Dollar  
 
1984 43 1 Dollar  
 
1984 43s 1 Dollar  
 
1984 44 3 Dollars  
 
1984 44s 3 Dollars  
 
1984 45a 5 Dollars  
 
1984 45s 5 Dollars  
 
1984 46s 10 Dollars  
 
1984 47s 20 Dollars  
 
1984 48s 50 Dollars  
 
1984 49s 100 Dollars  
 

1992 Commemorative Issue - One Dollar

 
1992 50 1 Dollar  
 
1992 50s 1 Dollar  
 

Central Bank Act of 1974 - (1992, 1995 Issue)

 
1992 54s 20 Dollars  
 
1992 55s 50 Dollars  
 
1992 56s 100 Dollars  
 

Central Bank Act of 1974 - (1996 Issue)

 
1996 57 1 Dollar  
 
1996 57s 1 Dollar  
 
1996 59s 10 Dollars  
 
1996 61s 50 Dollars  
 
1996 62s 100 Dollars  
 

Central Bank Act of 1974 - (1997, 2001 Issue)

 
2000 64s 10 Dollars  
 
1997 65as 20 Dollars  
 
2000 65bs 20 Dollars  
 
2000 66s 50 Dollars  
 
2000 67s 100 Dollars  
 

Central Bank Act of 2000 - (2001 Issue)

 
2001 68s 1/2 Dollar  
 
2001 69 1 Dollar  
 
2001 70 5 Dollars  
 

2005 - C.R.I.S.P "Counterfeit Resistant Integrated Safety Product" Series

 
2005 72 10 Dollars  
 
2006 NEW 20 Dollars First Issued on 6 September 2006
 


The history of the currency of Bahamas
The Bahamas used the British pound sterling as its currency from the beginning of the eighteen hundreds until 1936.  The Bahamas began issuing its own banknotes denominated in pound sterling in 1869. The Bahamas pound was issued at par with the British pound. Like the British pound the Bahamian pound was divided into 240 pennies or 20 shillings, with 12 pence equaling one shilling. 

In 1966, the Bahamas Government replaced the pound with the Bahamas Dollar at a rate of one Bahamian dollar is equal to 7 shillings (84 pence) or $2.86 was equal to one pound. The conversion rate of seven shillings was chosen due to the large number of American tourists coming to the Bahamas, and seven shillings at the time was US$0.98.  Like other dollars, the Bahamas dollar is divided into 100 cents. Prior to 1968 banknotes were issued by the Bahamas Currency Board. From 1968 until 1974 banknotes were issued by the Bahamas Monetary Authority, and from 1974 onwards by the Central Bank of the Bahamas.

The Bahamas dollarís ISO 4217 is BSD. Banknotes are issued in denominations of $0.50, $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.  Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 15 and 25 cents. 15 cent coins, issued due to their approximate value to a shilling are rarely seen anymore as are three dollar notes becoming rare.

 Currently the Bahamas dollar trades at par to the U.S. Dollar. Because of this relationship to the U.S. Dollar, anywhere in the Bahamas, one can use both American and Bahamas dollars, and often businesses keep lots of U.S. Dollars on hand for the convenience of American tourists who are there on short trips.


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