Money Talks

In the previous post, we discussed the practice of tipping while you travel. Keeping with the money theme, I decided to share pictures of currencies that I have used & find unusual, interesting or fun to look at.


Starting with a note which few people have seen & probably the rarest currency I’ve used. Djiboutian franc.


The Russian Rouble


The Cambodian riel is used alongside the US dollar – the notes I had were quite crisp.


On the topic of clean money, this note wasn’t. I had this note in Zimbabwe. It had a horrid smell & had clearly seen better days. My readers from the United States might also be interested in the fact that this is a 2 dollar note which I’m told is quite rare.


On the topic of Zimbabwe, this is what I received in late 2019 after exchanging a few US dollars into Bond notes.


Indonesian rupiah – it doesn’t have an interesting story, but I liked the colours.


Switzerland is the only country with vertical notes. Swiss franc.


Azerbaijani manat.


Fun colours & also one of the countries that has plastic notes. Vietnamese dong.


Croatian kuna.


Some more very dirty notes for this list. Ethiopian birr.


Tunisian Dinar.


Chinese Yuan/Renminbi. These notes are 0.5 yuan value & I received them as change in Chongqing in 2019. Because I had never seen these notes before, I did some research & found out they had been withdrawn from circulation in 1999.

20190821_214117Serbian dinar.


I absolutely love the colour & detail combination on this note. Qatari Riyal.


At the time of writing, this is the 4th strongest currency. Stronger than the US dollar, Euro & Pound sterling. Jordanian dinar.



If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you will know the country of Georgia is incredibly special to me so their money gets the final spot on this list. I love how the notes are smaller & easier to handle. The colours are aesthetically pleasing. The detail & the Georgian script finish it off beautifully. Georgian lari.


Keep traveling, keep safe.

DanVenture Travels


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    1. That’s a very good question. The simple answer would be the value of the currency against other currencies. I don’t know an awful lot about it, but I believe the value of a currency is determined by the interest rate, economic situation & stability. I stand corrected though.

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    1. My father used to work for the Royal Canadian Mint. They had an anniversary celebration once, where they threw open the whole building to staff and their families, and my father took me. And I do mean they threw the whole building open – I actually got to stand right outside the security gate and look into a room full of gold bars. But my favourite part was speaking to one of the artists that design the coins. It’s a fascinating process, and the skill and artistry involved are amazing.

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  1. Thank you, Dan. We have fairly bland currency in the US. Yes, $2 bills are so rare, people think they are fake, but they are real. I love seeing the color and the art of the currencies from around the world. Feels like I’ve taken a short vacation. Thanks.

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  2. Great post. Don’t know how you keep them straight or even know if you are getting the right change. Speaking of change. Do many of these countries also have coins, or is most of their currency paper (or plastic).

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  3. I like this post. The past few years, most of my travel has taken place within the Eurozone and I really miss a bit of currency variety!

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  4. It is so beautiful to be able to travel to nations through their currencies on this piece. Thank you for the education. The Swiss portrait notes caught my attention. Very brightly colorful too.

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  5. 1. The Pyramid
    It’s one of the most iconic images on the $1 bill. Borrowed from Egyptian civilization, the pyramid connotes strength and the ability to weather the ages. The Latin phrase ‘Annuit Coeptis’ around the top of the pyramid means ‘God has favored our undertaking.’ The phrase below the base, ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum,’ can be translated as ‘a new order of the ages.’


  6. 2. The All-Seeing Eye
    As you’ve probably noticed many times, the pyramid on the $1 bill is no ordinary structure. It’s topped with an open eye gazing out into eternity, seeing all in its wake. The founders of our country likely drew inspiration from Egyptian mythology’s the Eye of Horus for this imagery.


  7. 3. The Letters on the Base of the Pyramid
    Don’t try pronouncing ‘MDCCLXXVI’! They’re Roman numerals spelling out 1776. It’s the same sequence of Roman numerals seen on the tablet held by the Statue of Liberty.


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