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Think you know your Dollars from your Dinar? Or your Rupiah from your Riyal? Test your knowledge of money from around the world with our Ultimate World Currency Quiz.

Money Money Money, always sunny, in a rich man’s world ♫ We all know the song, but how much do you really know about all that money? And is money always sunny wherever you are in the world?! With the United Nations estimating there are more than 180 different currencies in operation at any given time, the answer is: probably not! 

However, money does make the world go round. From Scrooge McDuck diving into a swimming pool of cash to grown adults making snow angels in paper notes, not to mention those huge novelty cheques the lottery and other prize winners are given. Wherever in the world you are, cash is king.

But do you know your Dollars from your Dinar? Your Rupiah from your Riyal? Peso from the Pound?! Let’s dig deeper and test your knowledge of the different currencies from all around the world with 50+ money quiz questions.

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40+ World Currency Quiz Questions

1. In Vietnam, the name of their currency literally means copper or bronze. This originates from the practice of minting coins from copper before French colonization. What is it called?

2. What is the name of the unit of currency used in Portugal prior to the Euro, and took its name from the Portuguese word for “shield”.

3. A fistful (a “grasp”) of 6 sticks of metal was used as a currency as early as 1100 BC. The name of which currency (which was replaced by the Euro in 2001) in the native language means “to grasp”?

4. The Lek, the currency used in Albania is named after which historical figure whose name is often shortened to Leka in Albanian?

5. What is the name of the currency of Honduras – that was named after a Native American leader who fought the Spaniards.

6. It is the official monetary unit of Malaysia. It is divided into 100 sen (cents) and its currency code is MYR, the name means “Jagged” in Malay. What is it?

7. The Sol – derives from historical use and divination of the sun (Nuevo sol, Spanish for new sun) as a symbol of power is the currency of which South American country?

Jar of coins tipped on its side

8. The official currency and the legal tender of Poland literally means ‘Golden’ in the local language. What is it called?

9. The name of this currency comes from the verb “Rubit” meaning “to chop”. Historically, it was a piece of a certain weight chopped off a silver ingot (grivna), hence the name. What currency am I talking about?

10. Which is the only country in the world whose paper currency is waterproof?

11. Which is the world’s oldest currency still in use at around 1,200 years old?
A. Turkish Lira.
B. British Pound.
C. Omani Rial.
D. Swiss Franc.

12. ‘Mind Your Business’ – this wise piece of advice featured on the first US one-cent ‘Fugio’ coin, designed by which famous American personality in 1787?

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13.  A law passed in July 1955 by a joint resolution of the 84th Congress and approved by President Dwight Eisenhower required which four-word phrase to appear on all American currency?

14. Which world-famous personality was depicted on the front of the five-dollar note, with Aoraki / Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand at 12,316 feet (3,754 m)?

Hand holding fanned paper notes from Europe and the USA

15. Released on 1 November 1976, “Money, Money, Money” is a song recorded by which popular band?
A. The Beatles.
B. ABBA.
C. Pink Floyd.
D. Bee Gees.

16.  Which Polynesian island partners with the New Zealand Mint to produce the world’s craziest legal tender coins, which commemorate everything from Stars Wars and Pokémon, to Disney’s Frozen?

17. Test results suggest all UK banknotes acquire traces of what, within weeks of entering circulation? The same can be said of up to 90% of US dollar bills. What is the most likely source of contamination in the UK and USA?

18. Which Native American heroine was the first woman to have appeared on the $20 bill during the 1860s?

19. Which world-famous figure has appeared on more coins and banknotes than any other person and has featured on the currencies of more than 30 countries?

Kuwaiti Dinar note

20. What is John Shepherd-Barron, an Indian-born British inventor’s claim to fame?

21. The first banknotes originated in which country were they were known as “Flying Money” because the wind could take them so easily?

22. The world’s smallest note is the Romanian 10 Bani issued in 1917 and measuring just 27.5mm by 38mm. By contrast, the world’s largest note was issued in which country to commemorate the centenary of the country’s independence, and measured 22cm by 23cm?

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23. Which famous design created by Robert Kalina from the Oesterreichische National bank was selected on 3 December 1996 for a new currency?

24. Which country’s currency symbol is “CHF”, an abbreviation that stands for the Latin name of the country “Confoederatio Helvetica,” and the “F” stands for “franc.”?

Folded US Dollars on a wooden table

25. The State of Israel released a 5-lirot note in 1968 with an illustration of which world-famous personality who they asked to be the President of Israel in 1952?

26. What name was given to the currency created by England’s National Space Center and the University of Leicester for Travelex, with the idea of developing a currency for future space travellers?

27. The largest numerical bill ever to circulate in the world was 100 million trillion (100 quintillion) pengő issued in 1946. The pengő was the currency of which European country between 1 January 1927 and 31 July 1946?
A.  Poland.
B. Hungary.
C. Italy.
D. Spain.

28. After toppling the tyrannical regime of Joseph Mobutu, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), found itself in a shortage of cash. They came up with a weird makeshift solution with the old 20,000-Zaire notes. What solution?

Indian notes and coins

29. Which legendary Manchester united footballer featured on the British £5 note in 2006?

30. The name of which currency takes its name from the ridge upon which Johannesburg is built and where most of South Africa’s gold deposits were found?

31. What is the currency of Bulgaria called that means lion in Old Bulgarian?

32. Plovmand” meaning “ploughman” and Tudse” meaning “toad’’: both these nicknames given to which country’s 500 and 1000 currency notes?

33. What currency is used in Vatican City?

34. Sometimes, Indonesians also informally use the word “Perak” (“silver” in Indonesian) in referring to their currency in coins. What is the currency of Indonesia called?

Coins with arabic writing and the date 1961

35. Which country was the first to have introduced polymer banknotes in 1988?
A. The USA.
B. Australia.
C. Germany.
D. Spain.

36. In Thailand, it is considered rude to carry banknotes in your back pocket, because it is considered sitting on the image of the King. What is the currency of Thailand called?

37. The currency of Guatemala is named after their national bird. Name it.

38. What is the official currency of Venezuela named after the hero of Latin American independence?

39. All Turkish Lira banknotes feature the image of the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey and also its first president. What was his name?

Finger and thumb holding a 50 pence coin

40. In a land of diverse cultures and languages, which country’s currency note features 15 of their official languages on the back of their notes?

41. The name of which country’s currency translates to “round object” or “circle” in English because of the perfectly round shapes of the coins?
A. South Korea ( Won).
B. China (Renminbi).
C. Japan (Yen).
D. Saudi Arab (Riyal)

42. Where is the largest Gold bullion depository in North America?

43. Which modern currency is consistently considered the ‘strongest’ currency in the world?

Woman holding US Dollars fanned out

10 Quick Fire World Currency Quiz Questions

1. The current currency of which country is the Escudo?

2. What is the currency of The Solomon Islands?

3. What is the currency of The Dominican Republic?

4. Chinese Currency is called what?

5. What is the full name of the UK’s Currency?

Green Canadian 20 dollar bills

6. What is the currency of Saudi Arabia?

7. What is the currency of Papua New Guinea?

8. What is the currency of the Marshall Islands?

9. What is the currency of North Korea?

10. In 2022, what are the two currencies used in El Salvador?

Pink Pig Piggy Bank with white polkadots

 

Ultimate World Currency Quiz Questions and Answers

1. In Vietnam, the name of their currency literally means copper or bronze. This originates from the practice of minting coins from copper before French colonization. What is it called?
Vietnamese Dong.

2. What is the name of the unit of currency used in Portugal prior to Euro, and took its name from the Portuguese word for “shield”?
The Escudo.

3. A fistful (a “grasp”) of 6 sticks of metal was used as a currency as early as 1100 BC. The name of which currency (which was replaced by the Euro in 2001) in native language means “to grasp”?
Drachma, Greece.

4. The Lek, the currency used in Albania is named after which historical figure whose name is often shortened to Leka in Albanian?
Alexander the Great.

5. What is the name of the currency of Honduras – that was named after a Native American leader who fought the Spaniards.
The Honduran Lempira.

6. It is the official monetary unit of Malaysia. It is divided into 100 sen (cents) and its currency code is MYR, the name means “Jagged” in Malay. What is it?
The Malaysian Ringgit.

Mix of old bank notes from thailand, camodia, hong kong and japan

7. The Sol – derives from historical use and divination of the sun (Nuevo sol, Spanish for new sun) as a symbol of power is the currency of which South American country?
Peru.

8. The official currency and the legal tender of Poland literally means ‘Golden’ in local language. What is it called?
The Złoty.

9. The name of this currency comes from the verb “Rubit” meaning “to chop”. Historically, it was a piece of a certain weight chopped off a silver ingot (grivna), hence the name. What currency am I talking about?
The Ruble, the monetary unit of Russia.

10. Which is the only country in the world whose paper currency is waterproof?
Australia (The Australian Dollar notes)

11. Which is the world’s oldest currency still in use at around 1,200 years old?
A. Turkish Lira.
B. British Pound.
C. Omani Rial.
D. Swiss Franc.

12. ‘Mind Your Business’ – this wise piece of advice featured on the first US one-cent ‘Fugio’ coin, designed by which famous American personality in 1787?
Benjamin Franklin.

Crypto currency coins

13.  A law passed in July 1955 by a joint resolution of the 84th Congress and approved by President Dwight Eisenhower required which four-word phrase to appear on all American currency?
“In God We Trust”.

14. Which world-famous personality was depicted on the front of the five-dollar note, with Aoraki / Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand at 12,316 feet (3,754 m)?
Sir Edmund Hillary.

15. Released on 1 November 1976, “Money, Money, Money” is a song recorded by which popular band?
A. The Beatles.
B. ABBA. 
C. Pink Floyd.
D. Bee Gees.

16.  Which Polynesian island partners with the New Zealand Mint to produce the world’s craziest legal tender coins, which commemorate everything from Stars Wars and Pokémon, to Disney’s Frozen?
Niue – a small island nation in the South Pacific Ocean.

17. Test results suggest all UK banknotes acquire traces of what, within weeks of entering circulation? The same can be said of up to 90% of US dollar bills. What is the most likely source of contamination in the UK and USA?
Drugs (Specifically, Cocaine)

100 Euro Notes spread out on a table

18. Which Native American heroine was the first woman to have appeared on the $20 bill during the 1860s?
Pocahontas.

19. Which world-famous figure has appeared on more coins and banknotes than any other person and has featured on the currencies of more than 30 countries?
Queen Elizabeth II, the reigning British monarch.

20. What is John Shepherd-Barron, an Indian-born British inventor’s claim to fame?
He created the cash machine/ATM (Automated Teller Machine)

21. The first banknotes originated in which country where they were known as “Flying Money” because the wind could take them so easily?
China.

22. The world’s smallest note is the Romanian 10 Bani issued in 1917 and measuring just 27.5mm by 38mm. By contrast, the world’s largest note was issued in which country to commemorate the centenary of the country’s independence, and measured 22cm by 23cm?
The Philippines.

British Pound Coin

23. Which famous design created by Robert Kalina from the Oesterreichische National bank was selected on 3 December 1996 for a new currency?
The design of Euro (€) bank notes.

24. Which country’s currency symbol is “CHF”, an abbreviation that stands for the Latin name of the country “Confoederatio Helvetica,” and the “F” stands for “franc.”?
Switzerland.

25. The State of Israel released a 5-lirot note in 1968 with an illustration of which world-famous personality who they asked to be the President of Israel in 1952?
Albert Einstein.

26. What name was given to the currency created by England’s National Space Center and the University of Leicester for Travelex, with the idea of developing a currency for future space travellers?
QUID (The Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination).

27. The largest numerical bill ever to circulate in the world was 100 million trillion (100 quintillion) pengő issued in 1946. The pengő was the currency of which European country between 1 January 1927 and 31 July 1946?
A.  Poland.
B. Hungary.
C. Italy.
D. Spain.

Polish Zloty Banknotes

28. After toppling the tyrannical regime of Joseph Mobutu, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), found itself in a shortage of cash. They came up with a weird makeshift solution with the old 20,000-Zaire notes. What solution?
By simply punching Mobutu’s face from the currency.

29. Which legendary Manchester united footballer featured on the British £5 note in 2006?
George Best.

30. The name of which currency takes its name from the ridge upon which Johannesburg is built and where most of South Africa’s gold deposits were found?
The Rand – from Witwatersrand.

31. What is the currency of Bulgaria called that means lion in Old Bulgarian?
The Lev.

32. Plovmand” meaning “ploughman” and Tudse” meaning “toad’’: both these nicknames given to which country’s 500 and 1000 currency notes?
Danish Krone (from Denmark)

33. What currency is used in Vatican City?
The Euro

Japanese Yen notes

34. Sometimes, Indonesians also informally use the word “Perak” (“silver” in Indonesian) in referring to their currency in coins. What is the currency of Indonesia called?
Indonesian Rupiah.

35. Which country was the first to have introduced polymer banknotes in 1988?
A. The USA.
B. Australia. 
C.  Germany.
D.  Spain.

36. In Thailand, it is considered rude to carry banknotes in your back pocket, because it is considered sitting on the image of the King. What is the currency of Thailand called?
Thai Baht.

37. The currency of Guatemala is named after their national bird. Name it.
The Quetzal.

38. What is the official currency of Venezuela named after the hero of Latin American independence?
The Venezuelan Bolívar, named after Simon Boliver.

39. All Turkish Lira banknotes feature the image of the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey and also its first president. What was his name?
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

New Zealand dollar notes fanned out on the table

40. A land of diverse cultures and languages, which country’s currency note features 15 of their official languages on the back of their notes?
India (The Rupee.)

41. The name of which country’s currency translates to “round object” or “circle” in English because of the perfectly round shapes of the coins?
A. South Korea ( Won).
B. China (Renminbi).
C. Japan (Yen).
D. Saudi Arab (Riyal)

42. Where is the largest Gold bullion depository in North America?
Federal Reserve Bank of New York (not Fort Knox!)

43. Which modern currency is consistently considered the ‘strongest’ currency in the world?
The Kuwaiti Dinar

UAE Dirham Note

 

10 Quick Fire World Currency Quiz Questions and Answers

1. The current currency of which country is the Escudo?
Cape Verde

2. What is the currency of The Solomon Islands?
Solomon Islands Dollar

3. What is the currency of The Dominican Republic?
Dominican Peso

4. Chinese Currency is called what?
Chinese Yuan

5. What is the full name of the UK’s Currency?
British Pound Sterling

100 Turkish Lira notes fanned in a hand

6. What is the currency of Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Riyal

7. What is the currency of Papua New Guinea?
Papua New Guinean Kina

8. What is the currency of the Marshall Islands?
United States Dollar

9. What is the currency of North Korea?
North Korean Won

10. In 2022, what are the two currencies used in El Salvador?
US Dollar and Bitcoin 

 

And that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed our Ultimate World Currency quiz and there was a good mix of easy, difficult and multiple choice questions for you to answer or to add to your own custom quiz game! (And maybe you even learned a few new facts about the different currencies from around the world!)

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