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January 1, 2008 Venezuela launched a new currency with the new year, lopping off three zeros from denominations in a bid to simplify finances and boost confidence in a money that has been losing value due to high inflation. The new currency is called bolívar fuerte or "strong bolívar". Officials also say it is part of a broader effort to contain rising prices and strengthen the economy. More...

January 1, 2008

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Today at midnight, the Cyprus and the Malta adopted the euro as their official currency; less than four years after their accession to the European Union. The single currency has replaced the Cypriot pound and the Maltese lira at a rate of one euro to 0.585274 Cypriot pound and 0.4293 to the Maltese lira. In both countries the euro was welcomed with outdoor celebrations, including a fireworks display in Malta's capital Valletta. More...

September 26, 2007

Designs for three of four themes proposed for the reverse of 2009 Lincoln cents to honor Abraham Lincoln's life were endorsed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. More...


July 10, 2007

The European Union's Council of Ministers has approved the entry of Mediterranean island countries Cyprus and Malta into the Eurozone. They will begin to use the euro from January 1, 2008. Their respective national currencies will be exchanged at €1 = 0.585274 Cypriot pounds = 0.4293 Maltese lira. More...

July 3, 2007

The Ghanaian cedi will be exchanged at 10,000 old cedis to one new Ghanaian cedi. The exchange rate against the U.S. dollar starts at GH¢0.92 to one U.S. dollar. The new ISO code for the currency is GHS, and the new symbol, GH¢. More...

June 12, 2007

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of currency interchangeability of the Singapore dollar and the Brunei dollar, the two countries will co-issue a commemorative banknotes. Singaporean Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong admits that not a lot of Singaporeans know about the interchangeability and there is a need to promote the awareness. More...

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March 7, 2007

An unknown number of new George Washington dollar coins were mistakenly struck without their edge inscriptions, including "In God We Trust," and made it past inspectors and into circulation, the U.S. Mint said. More...

January 10, 2007

The Bank of Sudan has started circulation of the new Sudanese pound that is to replace the current Sudanese dinar. This measure is part of the peace agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and the SPLA, that ended a 20-year old civil war. More...

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January 1, 2007

Slovenia joined the euro and became the 13th official member. The Slovenian tolar is exchanged for euro at € = 239.640 tolarjev. More...

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January 1, 2007

Per the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 signed into law late 2005, the U.S. Mint will begin circulating one-dollar coins depicting former presidents of the United States. This program will not end until a coin is circulated for each former president to date. More...
July 31, 2006

New Zealand issues new 10, 20 and 50 cent coins, and withdraws the 5 cent coin from circulation. The new coins have the same design but smaller. In addition, the 10 cent coin is now copper-coloured and the 20 cent coin has the Spanish flower shape. The old coins will remain legal tender until 1 November 2006. More

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October 5, 2005

For the first time, the United States Mint will feature a president facing forward on a coin. President Thomas Jefferson will face forward on the 2006-dated five cent coin. This image is based on an 1800 painting of the president by Rembrandt Peale. More...'