# Brazilian cruzeiro real

Brazilian cruzeiro real
cruzeiro real brasileiro
Denominations
Subunit
1/100 centavo
Plural cruzeiros reais
Banknotes
Freq. used 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 and 50,000 cruzeiros reais
Coins
Freq. used 5, 10, 50, 100 cruzeiros reais
Demographics
User(s)  Brazil
Issuance
Central bank Central Bank of Brazil
Website www.bc.gov.br
Printer Casa da Moeda do Brasil
Mint Casa da Moeda do Brasil

The cruzeiro real (${\displaystyle \mathrm {CRS} \!\!\!\Vert }$, plural: cruzeiros reais) was the short-lived currency of Brazil between August 1, 1993 and June 30, 1994. It was subdivided in 100 centavos, however, this unit was used only for accounting purposes. The currency had the ISO 4217 code BRR.

The cruzeiro real was replaced with the current Brazilian real as part of the Plano Real.

## History

The cruzeiro real replaced the third cruzeiro, with 1000 cruzeiros = 1 cruzeiro real. The cruzeiro real was replaced in circulation by the real at a rate of 1 real for 2750 cruzeiros reais. Before this occurred, the unidade real de valor (pegged to the U.S. dollar at parity) was used in pricing, to allow the population to become accustomed to a stable currency (after many years of high inflation) before the real was introduced.

## Coins

Stainless-steel coins were issued in 1993 and 1994 in denominations of 5, 10, 50 and 100 cruzeiros reais.

## Banknotes

The 50,000 cruzeiro real banknote had the shortest time in circulation: it was released in March 30, 1994, Plano Real was introduced in July 1, 1994 and it ceased to be legal tender in September 15 of that year.[1]

In 1993, provisional banknotes were introduced in the form of cruzeiro notes overprinted in the new currency. These were in denominations of 50, 100 and 500 cruzeiros reals. Regular notes followed in denominations of 1000, 5000 and 50,000 cruzeiros reais. The 10,000 cruzeiros reais banknote was designed and scheduled to be put into circulation in the first months of 1994, but inflation and the impending release of a new economic plan put its release on hold and only the 50,000 Cruzeiro real banknote was released.[2]

## References

1. ^ 50,000 Cruzeiro real banknote Brazilian Central Bank Museum, accessed in January 3, 2016.
2. ^ Dez Mil Cruzeiros Reais (1993) - A Cédula que Nunca Circulou Dinheiro de Metal, accessed in January 3, 2016.