Foreign Currencies

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Central & South America
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To explore the currencies of the world, select a region by hovering over one of the six regions, then clicking into the part of the map you'd like to explore. Once zoomed to a region, click on the country that you'd like to learn more about. This will show you the country's currency, flag and a link to learn more about that country. To return to the map, click the "X" at the top right of the country detail screen. You can also return to the world map by clicking "Back to World Map" in the bottom right of the map.

Before the invention of money, people traded what they had for other goods and services they needed. What if money wasn’t invented and you needed to figure out how to trade a cow to buy a new backpack? You can see money was needed to make it easier for people and countries to buy sell goods to each other. Over time money became more important than bartering. Because we have a single economy, in the United States money is how we pay for goods and services. Imagine how confusing it would be if every state had its own currency. That was the case in the early colonial days. Today all 50 states - and several other countries, including Ecuador, El Salvador, and Panama - use the U.S. dollar. The dollar is also an international currency that is accepted around the world.

If you were to travel to a foreign country, you would find most other countries have money that looks different than ours. Some countries use the same name for their own currency (e.g. Canadian dollars and U.S. dollars). Several countries use the same currency (e.g. the euro), or a country may declare the currency of another country to be its legal tender.


Did you know that each currency typically has one fractional currency, often valued at 1/100 of the main currency?

For example:

100 cents = 1 dollar
100 centimes = 1 franc

 

 
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Disclaimer: The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) provides this information for educational purposes only. In doing so, NCUA cannot provide advice on, or assistance with, investing in foreign currencies or the ability to conduct a financial transaction. NCUA cannot guarantee the accuracy of exchange rates used by a currency conversion calculator as they are subject to change without notice.