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Know Better Our Legal Tender

The official currency of Timor-Leste is the United States dollar, which is legal tender for all payments made in cash.

Since 10 November 2003 the Banking and Banco Central de Timor- Leste issues coins known as "centavos" minted especially to be used in the country. There are coins minted with dates from 2003 through 2012.  The centavos are equivalent in value to the United States cents, the conversion rate being 100 Timor centavos = 100 United States cents.

Every day, the notes and coins continually circulate or change hands among the public. The public generally accepts and/ or passes them on as legal tender, without full knowledge if the currency is genuine. Those who fail to carefully examine the money they received are potentially victims of counterfeit currency.

 

This booklet is designed to help the public to recognize our genuine legal tender and guard against counterfeits.


New design for Money Leaves Us Dollar
Money note $ 1 will continue circulating.
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Money Leaves The U.s. Dollars

The denomination of US Dollar banknotes circulating in Timor-Leste is US $ 1, US $ 5, US $ 10, US $ 20, US $ 50 and US $ 100. 

The old series designs of US banknotes in the last page are still valid as legal tender and acceptable in Timor-Leste.

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2013-Present $ 100
  


1. Security Thread; 2. Security Ribbon; 3. Bell in the 4. Watermark; 5. Colour Shifting Ink

1996-2013 $ 100
  
1. Security Thread, 2. Watermark, 3. Colour Shifting Ink

2004-present $ 50
  


1. Security Thread; 2. Watermark; 3. Colour Shifting Ink

1997-2004 $ 50 
  


1. Security Thread, 2. Watermark, 3. Colour Shifting Ink

2003-present $ 20
 

1. Security Thread;  2. Watermark; 3. Colour Shifting Ink

1998-2003 $ 20
  

1. Security Thread;  2. Watermark; 3. Colour Shifting Ink

2006-present $10
 

1. Security Thread;  2. Watermark; 3. Colour Shifting Ink

1999-2003 $10
  

1. Security Thread;  2. Watermark; 3. Colour Shifting Ink

2008-present $5
  

2. Security Thread, 3. Watermark demonstrates the money against the light will see images Abraham Lincoln.

2000-2008 $5
  

1. Fita azul bright color Security; 3. Mark water demonstrates the money against the light will see images Abraham Lincoln.

1963-present $1
  

Design And Specification
Picture (front) a. A border design based on a traditional Tais pattern representing crocodiles. b. The denomination of the coin in numerals, c. The word “Centavos”, ; d. A representation of a kaibauk, below denomination.
Picture (from behind) a. The Write the words "República Democrática de Timor-Leste" forming the upper border, b. Year issuing of coins in the fields, 
c. A pictorial design “Nautilus shell”.
Form  Round
Banks  Plain rim
Diameter  17mm
Mahar  2.15mm
Metals Nickel coated steel 
Weight  3.1g

Picture (front) a. A border design based on a traditional Tais pattern representing crocodiles,  b. The denomination of the coin in numerals, c. The word “Centavos” d. A representation of a kaibauk, below denomination.
Picture (from behind) a. The Write the words "República Democrática de Timor-Leste" forming the upper border, b. Year issuing of coins in the fields, c. A pictorial design “Rice plant”.
Form  Round
Banks  Plain rim
Diameter  18.75mm
Mahar  2.15mm
Metals Nickel coated steel 
Weight  3.1g

Picture (front) a. A border design based on a traditional Tais pattern representing crocodiles, b. The denomination of the coin in numerals, c. The word “Centavos”,  d. The representation  of Kaibauk, below denomination.
Picture (from behind) a. The Write the words "República Democrática de Timor-Leste" forming the upper border, b. Year issuing of coins in the fields, c. A pictorial design “Fighting Rooster”.
Form  Round
Banks  Plain rim
Diameter  20.75mm
Mahar  2.15mm
Metals Nickel coated steel 
Weight  5.2g

Picture (front) a. picture on garment based traditional tais standards representing the Magazine; b. denomination coins with number; c. writes "cents";
d. representation of a kaibauk under denominations.
Picture (from behind) a. Write the words "República Democrática de Timor-Leste" and its form in the fields above; b. Year issuing of coins in the fields below; 
c. the picture with the paint: Beiro.
Form Round
Banks Milled rim
Diameter 21.25mm
Mahar 1.9mm
Metals Nickel coated
Weight 5.85g

Picture (front) a. picture on garment based traditional tais standards representing the Magazine; b. denomination coins with number; c. writes "cents";
d. representation of a kaibauk under denominations.
Picture (from behind) a. Write the words "República Democrática de Timor-Leste" and its form in the fields above; b. Year issuing of coins in the fields below;
c. Drawing with painting of: Coffee Branch.
Form Round
Banks Milled rim
Diameter 25.00mm
Mahar 1.9mm
Metals Nickel coated
Weight 6.50g

Picture (front) a. A border design based on a traditional Tais  pattern representing crocodiles,  b. The denomination of the coin in numerals,  c. The word “Centavos" d. A representation of a kaibauk, below the denomination.
Picture (from behind) a. The Write the words "República Democrática de Timor-Leste" forming the upper border; b. Year  issuing of coins in the fields below,  c. A pictorial design “Beiro”.
Form Round
Banks Milled rim
Diameter 21.25mm
Mahar 1.9mm
Metals Nickel-brass alloy
Weight 5.85g

Picture (front) a. A border design based on a traditional Tais  pattern representing crocodile,  b. The denomination of the coin in numerals c. The word “Centavos”, d. A representation of a kaibauk, below denomination.
Picture (from behind) a. The Write the words "República Democrática de Timor-Leste" forming the upper border, b. Year issuing of coins in the fields, c. A pictorial design “Coffee”.
Form Round
Banks Milled rim
Diameter 25.00mm
Mahar 1.9mm
Metals Nickel-brass alloy
Weight 6.50g

Picture (front) a. A border design based on a traditional Tais  pattern representing crocodiles, b. The denomination of the coin in numerals, c. The word “Centavos", d. A representation of a kaibauk, below the denomination.
Picture (from behind) a. The Write the words "República Democrática de Timor-Leste" forming the upper border, b. Year issuing of coins in the fields below, c. Drawing with painting of: Boaventura de Manufahi (1870-1913), revolutionary leader.
Form Round
Banks Milled rim
Diameter 23.75mm
Thickness 1.64mm
Metals Nickel-brass ring with a cupronickel Centre plug
Weight 7.00g





If you suspect some money is false

Do not give back to those reported. Do delays to those reported with some reason, if possible, without prejudice to the risk. Observe and register aparénsia those who take this money and the companies. Remove the number of vehicles enrolled sapa which take this money. Saving leaves/coins in a secure envelope.

If you have doubts about money leaves/coins, to contact the banking and payments authority of Timor-Leste to help in:

Unidade Kontrafasaun Moeda
Divizaun Operasaun Osan nian
Departmento Bankária no Sistema Pagamentus
Avenida Bispo de Medeiros, Dili, Timor-Leste
Telefone: + (670) 3313718 Extension 121
Telemóvel: + (670) 7231993

The relevant laws and regulations to protect and maintain the integrity of the money

  • Article 307 Penal Code, on Kontrafasaun Currency, stated that: 1. Who did kontrafasaun metálika currency depresia currency, or legitimate, intended to paste on movement as very much he will punish with imprisonment from 3 to 10. 2. While the person in addition to the fact that the practice of written item, placed in currency movement is effective punishment will load from a thirds maximum limits. 3. Who was due to an agreement with falsifikadór, for sale, or any other means or movement announced the currency will punish with imprisonment from 3 to 10.
  • Article 307 Penal Code, on Kontrafasaun Currency, stated that: Aside from the cases referred to in article 1, who was put in circulation or jeopardize the effective movement for sale or by any means kontrafasaun currency was released or depresia a significant will punish with imprisonment from 2 to 6.
  • Article 50.3, by UNTAET regulation 2001/30 on the banking and payments authority of Timor-Leste said that any person is made, and note/false coins, falsification or change money notes/coins which legal course, this crime.

Updated, 22 Augst 2016