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A currency is a unit of money (or monetary unit). Typically, each country has given monopoly to a single currency, controlled by a state owned central bank, although exceptions from this rule exist. Several countries can use the same name, each for their own currency (e.g. Canadian dollars and US dollars).

Each currency typically has one fraction currency, valued at 1/100 of the main currency: 100 cent?s = 1 dollar, 100 centimes = 1 franc. However, some currencies use a fraction of 1/10 (and a very few some other value such as 1/5 or 1/20), or do not have a minor unit currency at all. These fractions are NOT listed below.

To find out which currency is used in a particular country, start at the countries of the world.

Nowadays ISO have introduced a system, 'ISO 4217' using three-letter codes to define currency, in order to remove the confusion that there are dozens of currencies called the Dollar and many called the Franc. Even the Pound is used in nearly a dozen different countries, all of course, with wildly differing values.

Currency names of the world in alphabetic order by currency name:

International three letter currency codes are formed by the ISO 3166 country code plus an additional letter as defined in ISO 4217. They are, in alphabetic order by code (Partial List).

Currency symbols (now obsoleted by ISO 4217):

===Historic Currencies===

===Local currency===

===Pseudo currency==

Wouldn't it be better if the currency codes appeared in parentheses after each country name in the first table? --Pinkunicorn

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