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The dollar has been the currency of Barbados
Barbados
since 1935. The present dollar has the ISO 4217
ISO 4217
code BBD and is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign "$" or, alternatively, "Bds$" to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is divided into 100 cents. On 22 October 2010 it was reported that the international rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) rated the currency of Barbados
Barbados
as "BBB-/A-3".[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Coins 3 Banknotes 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit] The history of currency in the British colony of Barbados
Barbados
closely follows that of British Eastern Caribbean
Eastern Caribbean
territories in general. Even though Queen Anne's proclamation of 1704 brought the gold standard to the West Indies, silver pieces of eight ( Spanish dollars
Spanish dollars
and later Mexican dollars) continued to form a major portion of the circulating currency right into the latter half of the nineteenth century. Britain adopted the gold standard in 1821 and an imperial order-in-council of 1838 resulted in Barbados
Barbados
formally adopting the British sterling coinage in the year 1848. However, despite the circulation of British coins in Barbados
Barbados
the silver pieces of eight continued to circulate alongside them and the private sector continued to use dollar accounts for reckoning. The international silver crisis of 1873 signalled the end of the silver dollar era in the West Indies and silver dollars were demonetized in Barbados
Barbados
in 1879. This left a state of affairs, in which the British coinage circulated, being reckoned in dollar accounts at an automatic conversion rate of 1 dollar = 4 shillings 2 pence. The first currency denominated in dollars to be issued in Barbados
Barbados
was in the form of private banknotes introduced in 1882. No subdivisions of the dollar were issued and these notes circulated alongside sterling, together with 1 pound notes issued by the government in 1917. From 1920, some of the private banknotes also carried a denomination in sterling, with 1 dollar = 4 shillings 2 pence. From 1949, with the introduction of the British West Indies dollar, the currency of Barbados
Barbados
became officially tied with those of the British Eastern Caribbean
Eastern Caribbean
territories in general. Between 1938 and 1949, the Barbados
Barbados
government issued paper money denominated in dollars. The last private bank issues were made in 1949. The British sterling coinage was eventually replaced by a new decimal coinage in 1955, with the new cent being equal to one half of the old penny. In 1965, the Eastern Caribbean
Eastern Caribbean
dollar replaced the British West Indies dollar in Barbados. The present dollar was created after the establishment of the Central Bank of Barbados
Barbados
(CBB), which was founded by an Act of parliament in May, 1972. The Barbados
Barbados
dollar replaced the East Caribbean dollar
East Caribbean dollar
at par in 1973. Since 5 July 1975, the Barbados
Barbados
dollar has been pegged to the US dollar
US dollar
at US$1 = Bds$2. Most people in Barbados
Barbados
will accept USD at the fixed rate. Exchanging money at the airport yields however a lower rate (US$1 = Bds$1.98 + a service fee when buying Bds). For a wider outline of the history of currency in the region, see Currencies of the British West Indies. Coins[edit] In 1973, the first year of Barbados
Barbados
having its own coinage, coins were introduced in denominations of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, and $1. From 1973 through 1991, the 1¢ was struck in bronze. From 1992, copper-plated zinc has been used. The 5¢ coin is struck in brass, whilst the highest 3 denominations are struck in cupronickel. The $1 coin is a 7-sided equilaterally-curved piece. A flying fish is adorned on one side, with the Barbadian coat of arms on the reverse. The Barbadian dollar coins are now minted in a plated-steel planchet first issued in 2007. Many of the coins in circulation have been struck at the Royal Canadian Mint. The reverse of the 5 cent coin depicts the South Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Barbados. Banknotes[edit] In 1882, the Colonial Bank introduced notes for 5 dollars. In 1920, 20 and 100 dollar notes were also issued by this bank. In 1922, Barclays Bank, having taken over the Colonial Bank, began issuing 5, 20 and 100 dollar notes. The higher denominations ceased production in 1940 but the 5 dollar continued to be issued until 1949. The Royal Bank of Canada
Royal Bank of Canada
introduced notes in 1909, in denominations of 5, 20 and 100 dollars. From 1920, these notes also bore the denomination in sterling, with 5 dollars = 1 pound 10 pence, 20 dollars = 4 pounds 3 shillings 4 pence and 100 dollars = 20 pounds 16 shillings 8 pence. Notes were issued until 1938. The Canadian Bank of Commerce issued notes between 1922 and 1940, also in denominations of 5, 20 and 100 dollars. Between 1938 and 1949, the government issued notes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 20 and 100 dollars. All bore the portrait of King George VI. On 3 December 1973,[2] the Central Bank of Barbados
Barbados
introduced notes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 100 dollars. The 1 dollar note was not issued again, with 2 dollar notes introduced in 1980, followed by 50 dollars in 1989. Banknotes currently in circulation are:

2 dollars (blue) 5 dollars (green) 10 dollars (brown) 20 dollars (purple) 50 dollars (orange) 100 dollars (grey)

The defunct 1 dollar note was red in colour and had Samuel Jackman Prescod on the obverse. On 2 May 2013, the Central Bank of Barbados
Barbados
issued a new series of banknotes with a more modern design. The portraits on all of the denominations have been retained, but on the back of the notes is a design specific to the person depicted on the front of the notes.[3][4]

Current BBD exchange rates

From Google Finance: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD

From Yahoo! Finance: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD

From XE: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD

From OANDA: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD

From fxtop.com: AUD CAD CHF EUR GBP HKD JPY USD

See also[edit]

List of people on banknotes#Barbados Currencies of the British West Indies Central banks and currencies of the Caribbean Economy of Barbados

References[edit]

^ "Sovereign Rating And Country T&C Assessment Histories". Standard & Poor's. Retrieved 2011-10-04.  ^ Linzmayer, Owen (2012). "Barbados". The Banknote Book. San Francisco, CA: www.BanknoteNews.com.  ^ Barbados
Barbados
new banknote series reported BanknoteNews.com. 2 May 2013. Retrieved on 2013-05-03. ^ Press release on the issuance of the new series of banknotes by the Central Bank of Barbados
Barbados
Archived 7 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Central Bank of Barbados. (www.centralbank.org.bb). Retrieved on 2013-05-03.

Further reading[edit]

Krause, Chester L.; Clifford Mishler (1991). Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1801–1991 (18th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0873411501.  Pick, Albert (1994). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: General Issues. Colin R. Bruce II and Neil Shafer (editors) (7th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-207-9.  Pick, Albert (1990). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: Specialized Issues. Colin R. Bruce II and Neil Shafer (editors) (6th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-149-8. 

External links[edit]

www.giervalk.bravepages.com Images of Barbadian banknotes Coins of Barbados, online catalog The banknotes of Barbados

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Dollar
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