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Everything you need to know about 180 world currencies

We've got the low down to make you an aficionado of the world’s official currencies.

Have you ever wondered just how many currencies there are around the world? Or which currencies are the most traded ones? Well, wonder no more! Here we share some fast facts about the current world currencies.

How many world currencies are there?

How many world currencies are there?

Well, as you may have guessed from the title, there are 180 current currencies across the world, as recognized by the United Nations. The British pound is the world’s oldest currency that’s still in use, dating back to the 8th century. The newest currency in the world is the South Sudanese pound, made official on July 18, 2011.

And the dollar is the currency of which country?

It might seem like a straightforward question with an obvious answer, but there are plenty of countries around the world that use a dollar currency besides the USA. In fact, there are 22 countries in total that use their own form of dollars as their national currency. Most of the dollar currencies can be traced back to the original Spanish dollars (the currency of the New World), but some, such as Australian dollars, simply adopted the name ‘dollars’ when they started using the decimal system.

Are you ready? The dollar currencies are the Australian dollar, the Bahamian dollar, the Barbadian dollar, the Belize dollar, the Bermudan dollar, the Brunei dollar, the Canadian dollar, the Eastern Caribbean dollar, the Fijian dollar, the Guyana dollar, the Hong Kong dollar, the Jamaican dollar, the Liberian dollar, the Namibian dollar, the New Zealand dollar, the Singapore dollar, the Solomon Islands dollar, the Surinamese dollar, the Taiwanese dollar, the Trinidad and Tobago dollar, and the now defunct Zimbabwe dollar.

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Which other countries use the US dollar?

Which other countries use the US dollar?

As well as the countries that have their own form of dollars, there are lots of others that simply use US dollars in place of their own currency. The US dollar is the official currency of East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, the Caribbean Netherlands, and Panama for banknotes.

The US dollar is also widely accepted in a ton of places around the world, despite not being the legal tender there. As well as the obvious choices of Canada and Mexico, you can use US dollars in various tourist destinations and retirement hotspots such as the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cambodia, the Cayman Islands, parts of Costa Rica, Liberia, Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma), Sint Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis, the ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, the major cities of Vietnam, and the Old City of Jerusalem. Got all that?

Which countries use the euro?

Officially, the euro is the currency of 19 countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. The European microstates of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City have also adopted the euro, as well as Kosovo and Montenegro as a de facto currency.

Several of the Overseas County and Territories (known as the OCT) of countries in the European Union have also adopted the euro, such as Akrotiri and Dhekelia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Saint-Barthélemy, and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, as well as the overseas departments such as French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion.

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And finally...a few fun facts about world currencies


Monopoly money

Monopoly money
Every year, more money is printed for the game Monopoly than real money printed around the world. There’s around $974 million printed in real money by the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, while the makers of Monopoly, Parker Brothers, print an impressive $30 billion every year.

The biggest bank note

The biggest bank note
The biggest bank note in the world belongs to the Philippines and is an impressive 8.5 inches wide and 14 inches long, commemorating 100 years of independence from Spanish rule. The smallest bank note is Romanian, at a tiny 1.75 inches by 1.3 inches.

Zimbabwe dollar

Zimbabwe dollar

Before the collapse of the Zimbabwe dollar, massive inflation left 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollars as worth around 5 US dollars in 2009.

And if you're wondering what 100 trillion looks like....it's 100,000,000,000,000!