The real (pronounced hey-al, with plural reais pronounced hey-ice) is the official form of currency of Brazil and is represented with the symbol R$. Its ISO code is BRL. The real is divided into 100 centavos. Here is a brief history of the real and a description of its banknotes and coins.Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2015 11:29:00 AM America/Denver
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:50:18 AM America/Denver
Earlier this month, we covered 4 major error coins from around the world—some of which are worth thousands of dollars today. Now, here is a brief look at the wide variety of mint-made errors that coin collectors look for in their coin collections.
One of the most common minting errors occurs when a planchet is fed through the press and lands in the collar improperly. This causes it to be misaligned with the upper and lower dies, and thus only a portion of the planchet is struck.Read More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 4:31:41 PM America/Denver
The Chilean peso is the official form of currency in the South American country of Chile. It is a unit-based form of currency with the peso functioning as the currency’s smallest unit. Here is a brief history of the Chilean peso, followed by a description of its coins and banknotes.Read More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:06:06 AM America/Denver
Error coins—what are they, exactly? Simply put, they are coins that were manufactured incorrectly at some point in the minting process. These mint errors can be wide-ranging, with some examples being off-center striking, double striking, indents, or even improper metals used. Depending on the error, error coins can still find their way into circulation, and then eventually into the hands of coin collectors who treasure them for their unique qualities. As part one of a two-part series, here are four major error coins from around the world that have become valuable to coin collectors.Read More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 4:21:22 PM America/Denver
The Saudi riyal is the official form of currency of Saudi Arabia and has been since the country came into being. The currency is abbreviated SR. Here is a brief history of the Saudi riyal as well as a description of its banknotes and coinage.
A Brief History
The word “riyal” comes from the Spanish real, which was one of the main currencies of the Mediterranean region during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.Read More
Friday, May 22, 2015 12:06:29 AM America/Denver
The peso, known as the ‘piso’ in the Filipino register of the Tagalog language, is the official currency of the Philippines. It is usually denoted with the symbol ₱, with its ISO 4217 code being PHP. Here is a brief history of the Philippine peso and a description of its banknotes and coins.
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Friday, May 15, 2015 12:20:00 AM America/Denver
Traveling abroad is always an exciting opportunity, and many travelers find that coming to a foreign country with all of the exchanged currency that they will need in hand is the easiest way to deal with traveling expenses. While carrying paper and coin currency is convenient—especially since credit cards with magnetic strips are not the preferred method of payment in many places—it does also put you at risk for being targeted by skilled thieves. Here are some tips to protecting the large sums of foreign currency you’ll be carrying around when traveling.Read More
Friday, May 8, 2015 12:06:00 AM America/Denver
The riyal is the official currency of the State of Qatar, which is located east of Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula. It is abbreviated as QR or QAR. Read on for a brief history of the riyal and an explanation of banknotes and coins.Read More
Friday, May 1, 2015 8:10:00 AM America/Denver
Travel abroad is always an investment made in return for unforgettable experiences, and in some countries it is definitely much more of an investment than in others. Depending on how strong the American dollar is vis-à-vis another international currency, a country might be highly affordable or highly expensive to visit. When the U.S. dollar can “buy” more of a foreign currency, that’s good news for the holder of the U.S. dollar. Here is a quick look at some of the travel destinations for Americans that are more affordable now than ever before—because of better exchange rates on the side of the U.S. dollar.Read More
Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:38:00 PM America/Denver
The Macedonian denar (MKD) is the official currency of the Republic of Macedonia, issued by the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. It is divided into subunits of 100 deni for one denar, but this subunit is no longer used. When talking about Macedonian currency, then, you will most often see “denar” and its plural “denari.” Its currency symbol is ден, which are the Macedonian letters for the first three letters of “denar.”Read More