Currency

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A currency is a unit of money (or monetary unit). Typically, each country has given monopoly to a single currency, controlled by a state owned central bank, although exceptions from this rule exist. Several countries can use the same name, each for their own currency (e.g. Canadian dollars and US dollars).

Each currency typically has one fraction currency, valued at 1/100 of the main currency: 100 cents = 1 dollar, 100 centimes = 1 franc. However, some currencies use a fraction of 1/10 (and a very few some other value such as 1/5 or 1/20), or do not have a minor unit currency at all. These fractions are NOT listed below.

To find out which currency is used in a particular country, start at the countries of the world.

Nowadays ISO have introduced a system, 'ISO_4217' using three-letter codes to define currency, in order to remove the confusion that there are dozens of currencies called the Dollar and many called the Franc. Even the Pound is used in nearly a dozen different countries, all of course, with wildly differing values.

Currency names of the world in alphabetic order by currency name:


International three letter currency codes are formed by the ISO 3166 country code plus an additional letter as defined in ISO_4217. They are, in alphabetic order by code (Partial List).

  • ATS - Austrian schilling
  • AUD - Australian dollar
  • BEF - Belgian franc
  • CHF - Swiss Franc
  • DEM - Deutch mark
  • DKK - Danish Krone
  • EUR - Euro
  • ESP - Spanish peseta
  • FRF - French Franc
  • FIM - Finnish Markka
  • GBP - United Kingdom Pound
  • IEP - Irish pound
  • ITL - Italian lire
  • LUF - Luxemburg franc
  • NLG - (Dutch) Netherlands guilder
  • NOK - Norwegian Krone
  • PLN - Polish Zloty
  • PTE - Portugese escudo
  • SEK - Swedish Krona
  • USD - United States Dollar

Currency symbols (now obsoleted by ISO_4217):

  • ¤ - Generic currency sign
  • $ - dollar sign
  • ¢ - cent sign
  • ₥ - Mill Sign - Usa (1/10 cent)
  • £ - pound sign
  • ¥ - yen sign - Japan
  • ৲ - rupee mark - Bengal
  • ৳ - rupee sign - Bengal
  • ฿ - Baht sign - Thailand
  • ៛ - Riel sign - Khmer
  • ₠ - Euro-Currency Sign - intended for ECU, but not widely used. Historical character, this is NOT the euro!
  • € - Euro Sign - Currency sign for the European Monetary Union
  • ₡ - Colon Sign Costa Rica, El Salvador
  • ₢ - Cruzeiro Sign - Brazil
  • ₣ - French Franc Sign - France
  • ₤ - Lira Sign - Italy, Turkey
  • ₦ - Naira Sign - Nigeria
  • ₧ - Peseta Sign - Spain
  • ₨ - Rupee Sign - India
  • ₩ - Won Sign - Korea
  • ₪ - New Sheqel Sign - Israel
  • ₫ - Dong Sign - Vietnam
  • ₭ - Kip Sign - Laos
  • ₮ - Tugrik Sign - Mongolia (also transliterated as tugrug, tugric, tugrog, togrog)
  • ₯ - Drachma Sign - Greece

Historic Currencies

Local currency

=Pseudo currency



Wouldn't it be better if the currency codes appeared in parentheses after each country name in the first table? --Pinkunicorn