Brunei P 7b / 5 Ringgit/Dollars 1986 – aUNC

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Issued by Kerajaan Brunei / Government of Brunei
Issue 1972-1988 “Sultan Hassan al-Bolkiah I” Issue
Size 120 x 63 mm
Printer Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. (England) – BWC
Watermark Sultan Hassan al-Bolkiah I
Obverse Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah I in military uniform at right. Hassanal Bolkiah (born 15 July 1946) is the 29th and current Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan of Brunei and the Prime Minister of Brunei. He is one of the last absolute monarchs in the world. The eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Raja Isteri (Queen) Pengiran Anak Damit, he succeeded to the throne as the sultan of Brunei, following the abdication of his father on 5 October 1967.

The sultan has been ranked among the wealthiest individuals in the world. In 2008, Forbes estimated the sultan’s total peak net worth at US$20 billion. After Queen Elizabeth II, the sultan is the world’s second longest-reigning current monarch. On 5 October 2017, the sultan celebrated his Golden Jubilee to mark the 50th year of his reign on the throne.

Reverse Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (Malay: Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien, Jawi) is an Islamic mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. It is often considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific. A major historical site, and a famous tourist attraction of Brunei.

It is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, who initiated its construction. The mosque serves as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture.

The mosque’s most recognizable feature, the main dome, is covered in pure gold. The mosque stands 52 m (171 ft) high. The main minaret is its tallest feature. In a unique way, it mixes Renaissance and Italian architectural styles. The minaret has an elevator to the top, where a visitor can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.