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The official currency for the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar. The $ symbol is used for the Bahamian Dollar; the symbol B$ is used to distinguish it from other Dollar currencies. The Dollar is divided into 100 cents and is pegged to the US Dollar at par.
- The Bahamas economy is dependent on the tourism and offshore banking industries.
- The economy in the Bahamas is steady and stable.
- Constructions for hotels and resorts is booming, due to the large influx of tourists.
- The service industry contributes 90% of the total GDP. Agriculture and other industries account for the remainder.
- Top industries in the Bahamas are oil, rum, pharmaceuticals, banking, salt, aragonite, and tourism.
- Unemployment is estimated at 8%.
- Export products are vegetables, fruit, salt, animal products, mineral products, and rum.
- Import products are food, machinery, chemicals, and live animals.
- Agriculture is a small portion of the economy and the country is trying to obtain investors to develop agriculture in the Bahamas.
- Government spending is rated low and equals +/- 23% of the GDP.
- In 1966, the Bahamian Dollar replaced the British Pound Sterling and coins were introduced.
- In 1968, the Bahamas monetary authority started issuing paper money.
- In 1974, the Central Bank of the Bahamas became the official supplier of Bahamian banknotes.
- In 2005, the new version of the $10 banknote was introduced.
- Shortly after the release of the $10 banknote, one of the serial numbers was counterfeited. A warning was sent to all bank authorities in the Bahamas to be aware of the counterfeit when accepting $10 bills.
- Businesses in the Bahamas accept both the Bahamian Dollar and the US Dollar.
Symbols and Names
- Symbols: B$
- Nicknames: none
ISO 4217 Code
- Cent = 1/100 of a Dollar
- Bills: $1/2, $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100
- Coins: 1, 5, 10, 15, 25 cents. $1
Countries Using This Currency
- The Bahamas
Currencies Pegged To BSD :
BSD Is Pegged To:
- United States Dollar at par