From Dollars to Dinars: The World Currency Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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You might be pretty good with dollars and cents, but what about francs and won, yen and quetzal, or dirhams and pesos? This quiz will test your knowledge of currencies used around the world.

What is the currency of Sweden?

Krona is Swedish for "crown."


A Russian ruble can be divided into 100 what?

It takes 100 kopeks to make one ruble.


What currency is shared by Austria, Finland, France and Portugal?

All four countries and many others are part of the European Union and share a common currency, the euro.


What is the nickname for Canada's $2 coin?

The $2 coins are called toonies, which is a play on the loonie, the $1 coin that features a loon.


What currency does Ukraine use?

Ukraine adopted the hryvnia after the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Whose face appears on every denomination of Turkish coins?

Ataturk was the first president of Turkey.


What currency did France use until it adopted the euro?

France used francs as far back as the 1300s. The franc was reintroduced in 1795.


What was the largest denomination of bill ever printed in the U.S.?

In 1934 the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing issued several $100,000 gold certificate bills, intended only for use by federal reserve banks when they had to transfer large amounts of money between themselves. They were not available for public use, and electronic banking quickly rendered them obsolete.


Guatemala's currency, the quetzal, is named for what?

The resplendent quetzal is a bright green and red bird.


How many countries use the euro as their sole currency (not counting territories owned by other countries)?

The nineteen members of the eurozone, as well as Montenegro, Kosovo, Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra, use the euro.


What is the currency of Ecuador?

In 2000 Ecuador converted from its own currency to the U.S. dollar. It mints its own coins, identical in value to their equivalent U.S. coins, but it does not issue paper currency.


What European silver currency, used in a variety of countries for hundreds of years, coined the word "dollar" as we use it today?

Originating in eastern Europe, silver coins called thalers (from Joachimsthal, Germany, the town where the silver was mined) were used throughout Europe in the 16th through 19th centuries. Variations on the word thaler, including dollar, live on as the names of several world currencies.


What is the currency of Afghanistan?

Although poor currency control, the Taliban takeover and the war in Afghanistan made the country's currency situation chaotic, the afghani currently seems to have stabilized.


What country uses a currency called the cordoba?

The cordoba is Nicaragua's currency.


What is the oldest continuously used currency in the world?

The British pound sterling is the world's oldest currency still in use.


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) uses a special form of "currency" called what?

The IMF issues special drawing rights, also known as SDRs, to nations directly, so they aren't a currency that private individuals or companies can use.


Two Middle Eastern nations use the dirham as their currency, the United Arab Emirates and …

Morocco also uses the dirham.


Why did Israel replace the shekel with the new shekel in the 1980s?

The new shekel (now just called the shekel) was worth 1,000 of the devalued old shekels when it was introduced in 1986.


What is the currency of Jamaica?

The Jamaican currency is called the dollar, although it is a separate currency from the U.S. dollar.


What country issued the highest denomination currency ever?

Massive inflation in Hungary after World War II led to the printing of a bill worth 100 quintillion pengo. It had a value of about $0.20 at the time.


What was notable (other than the denomination) of the 100,000 peso bank note issued by the Philippines in 1998?

The 100,000 peso note is probably the largest paper currency ever issued, in terms of its physical size.


What does it mean if a currency is gold-backed?

Gold-backed money is essentially an IOU from the government, exchangeable for real gold held in reserve. Almost no currency in the world today is gold-backed.


What currency is this the symbol for? ¥

The yuan is the primary unit of Chinese currency, also known as renminbi. Japan's yen uses the same symbol.


What country uses zloty as its currency?

A Polish zloty is made up of 100 groszy.


Which of these symbols represents the euro?

The symbol for the euro is €.


Who appears on more currency worldwide than any other person?

According to the Guinness World Records book, Queen Elizabeth II "appears on the coinage of at least 35 different countries — more countries than any other living monarch."


Who was the first woman to appear on the front of U.S. paper currency? (Pocahontas appeared on the back of a $20 bill in the 1860s.)

Martha Washington (wife of George) appeared on the front of a $1 silver certificate first printed in 1886. As of 2016, women have appeared on paper U.S. currency since then.


After dictator Joseph Mobutu was deposed from Zaire in 1997, what did the new regime do with the old currency, which had Mobutu's image on it?

Zaire cut out Mobutu's image, then went on using the old currency until they were able to establish a new one.


What country's currency is the won?

The won has been the official currency of South Korea since 1962.


What currency is this the symbol for? ₹

The symbol for the Indian rupee was created in 2010 through a nationwide design competition.


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