Unusual World Currencies

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We look at some unusual World currencies not appearing on Compare Holiday Money Ireland. Although we have over 30 popular currency pages on the website the United Nations actually recognises over 180 currencies from countries large and small.

The euro, the British pound and the United States dollar are all familiar to us but what about some of the more exotically named currencies? We take a look at a few.

Angola Kwanza (AOA)unusual-world-currencies-Angola-flag

The Republic of Angola, Capital Luanda is located on the west side of Africa and has a population around 26m.

It is one of 4 countries with the currency name  Kwanza and it’s name comes from the Kwanza river. It replaced the Portuguese escudo 1 : 1 after independence in the 1970’s. Notes go from Kz1 to 5000 and coins Kz1 to 100.

Current rate  Kz1000 = €2.90

unusual-world-currencies-flag_of_AzerbaijanAzerbaijani Manat (AZN)

Azerbaijan is bordered by Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and the caspian sea. It has a rich and colourful history and in 1918 was the first democratic Muslim state. It has a population of around 10m and it’s official currency the Manat has banknotes from ₼1 to 200 and is subdivided into 100 qəpik

Current rate ₼10 = €5.17

unusual-world-currencies-flag_of_Cape_VerdeCape Verde Escudo (CVE)

The Republic of Cabo Verde is a group of volcanic Islands in the Atlantic Ocean 350 miles off the West African coast with a small population of around 500,000. The Islands were first inhabited by Portuguese explorers in the 15th Century although it is now a stable, independent democracy the Escudo is a legacy of that rule.

Amounts are usually written with the symbol as the decimal separator so 100 escudos would be 100$00. Banknotes go from $200 to 5000 and coins from $1 to 250.

The current rate 1000$00 = €9.00

unusual-world-currencies-flag_of_GuatemalaGuatamala Quetzel (GTQ)

Located in Central America with immedite neighbours being Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Slavador and the Pacific Ocean, The Republic of Guatamala is home to around 16m people and one of the most populated countries in the region. The currency gets it’s name from  the National bird of Guatamala and was first intoduced in 1925. The bank notes are in denominations Q1 to 200 and is subdivided into 100 centavo.

Current rate Q10 = €1.13

unusual-world-currencies-flag_of_HondurasHonduras Lempira (HNL)

Next door to Guatamala, The Republic of Honduras is often known as Spanish Honduras to mark it out from it’s counterpart British Honduras which eventually became Belize. A throwback to when the Spanish and British used to go around the world and colonise every country they came across! It has a population of around 9m and the lempira replaced the peso as the official currency  in 1931.

It is has banknotes of L1 to 500 and like it’s neighbour has kept the coinage as centavos in 5,10,20 and 50 denominations.

Current rate L100 = €3.60

unusual-world-currencies-flag-of KazakhstanKazakhastan Tenge (KZT)

Kazakhastan is a big country with some big neighbours, namely Russia and china as well as Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and is the 9th largest country in the world by area. The population is relatively small however, at 18 million.

The Tenge was introduced in 1993 after the break up of the Soviet Union to replace the ruble and was set at a rate of  ₸1 = R500. It is sub-divided into 100 tıyn.The currency name is derived from the word meaning “scales” and shares that similarity with the lira, peso and pound.

Current rate ₸1000 = €2.37

unusual-world-currencies-flag_of_KiribatiKiribati Dollar (KID)

Where is Kiribati I hear you ask? Wikipedia tells us that  “The Republic of Kiribati is a sovereign state in Micronesia in the central Pacific Ocean” The population is around 110,000 spread among the coral reef Islands. Although Kiribati has it’s own currency, like some other ‘symbolic’ currencies it is not used for everday transactions, in this case that is the Aussie dollar. It is legal tender though and is used alongside the AUD which is on a parity of 1:1.

Current rate $10 = €6.31

So there is a brief look at what seem unusual currencies – to us of course, not necessarily in the country of use! Wikipedia have a great article on all the world currencies if you want more information. And another interesting article on the 10 strongest world currencies can be found on fxssi.com

All the best up to date rates and deals from the more popular currencies can be found on Compare Holiday Money.

Posted by Graham Morley

Graham Morley

Graham is the Business Development Manager for Compare Holiday Money.

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