|ISO 4217 code||TRY (Numeric 949) (TRL was used before 2005)|
|Central bank||Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey|
|Inflation||7.64% CPI, 1.55% PPI|
|Source||Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey|
|Freq. used||5kr, 10kr, 25kr, 50kr, ₺1|
|Banknotes||₺5, ₺10, ₺20, ₺50, ₺100, ₺200|
|Printer||CBRT Banknote Printer|
|Mint||Turkish State Mint|
|Economy of Turkey|
|Economic history of Turkey|
The Turkish lira (Turkish: Türk lirası) (sign: ₺; code: TRY; usually abbreviated as TL) is the currency of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The Turkish lira is subdivided into 100 kuruş.
Ottoman lira (1844–1923)
The lira, along with the related currencies of Europe and the Middle East, has its roots in the ancient Roman unit of weight known as the libra which referred to the Troy pound of silver. The Roman libra adoption of the currency spread it throughout Europe and the Near East, where it continued to be used into medieval times. The Turkish lira, the French livre (until 1794), the Italian lira (until 2002), and the British pound (a translated version of the Roman libra; the word "pound" as a unit of weight is still abbreviated as "lb.") are the modern descendants of the ancient currency.
The Ottoman lira was introduced as the main unit of currency in 1844, with the former currency, kuruş, remaining as a 1⁄100 subdivision. The Ottoman lira remained in circulation until the end of 1927.
First Turkish lira (1923–2005)
Historical banknotes from the second, third and fourth issues have portraits of İsmet İnönü on the obverse side. This change was done according to the 12 January 1926 issue of the official gazette and canceled by the Democrat Party after World War II.
After periods of the lira pegged to the British pound and the French franc, a peg of 2.8 Turkish lira = 1 U.S. dollar was adopted in 1946 and maintained until 1960, when the currency was devalued to 9 Turkish lira = 1 dollar. From 1970, a series of hard, then soft pegs to the dollar operated as the value of the Turkish lira began to fall.
- 1966 – 1 U.S. dollar = 9 Turkish lira
- 1980 – 1 U.S. dollar = 90 Turkish lira
- 1988 – 1 U.S. dollar = 1,300 Turkish lira
- 1995 – 1 U.S. dollar = 45,000 Turkish lira
- 2001 – 1 U.S. dollar = 1,650,000 Turkish lira
The Guinness Book of Records ranked the Turkish lira as the world's least valuable currency in 1995 and 1996, and again from 1999 to 2004. The Turkish lira had slid in value so far that one original gold lira coin could be sold for 154,400,000 Turkish lira before the 2005 revaluation.
Second Turkish lira (2005–present)
In December 2003, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey passed a law that allowed for redenomination by the removal of six zeros from the Turkish lira, and the creation of a new currency. It was introduced on 1 January 2005, replacing the previous Turkish lira (which remained valid in circulation until the end of 2005) at a rate of 1 second Turkish lira (ISO 4217 code "TRY") = 1,000,000 first Turkish lira (ISO 4217 code "TRL"). With the revaluation of the Turkish lira, the Romanian leu (also revalued in July 2005) briefly became the world's least valued currency unit.
At the same time, the Government introduced two new banknotes called TRY100 and TRY50.
In the transition period between January 2005 and December 2008, the second Turkish lira was officially called Yeni Türk Lirası (New Turkish lira). It was officially abbreviated "YTL" and subdivided into 100 new kuruş (yeni kuruş). Starting in January 2009, the "new" marking was removed from the second Turkish lira, its official name becoming just "Turkish lira" again, abbreviated "TL".
The current currency sign of Turkish lira was created by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey in 2012. The new sign was selected after a country-wide contest. The new symbol, created by Tülay Lale, is composed of the letter 'L' shaped like a half anchor, and embedded double-striped letter 'T' angled at 20 degrees.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the new symbol on 1 March 2012. At its unveiling, Erdoğan explained the design as "the anchor shape hopes to convey that the currency is a 'safe harbor' while the upward-facing lines represent its rising prestige".
In May 2012, the Unicode Technical Committee accepted the encoding of a new character U+20BA ₺ TURKISH LIRA SIGN for the currency sign, which was included in Unicode 6.2 released in September 2012.
From 1 January 2009, the phrase "new" was removed from the second Turkish lira, its official name in Turkey becoming just "Turkish lira" again; new coins without the word "yeni" were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 kuruş and 1 Turkish lira. Also, the center and ring alloys of the 50 kuruş and 1 Turkish lira coins were reversed.
|Current Turkish lira coins |
|Technical parameters||Description||Date of|
|1||16.5||1.35||2.2||70% Cu, 30% Zn||Plain||Value, Crescent-star, year of minting||Snowdrop||"TÜRKİYE CUMHURİYETİ",
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
|2008||1 January 2009|
|5||17.5||1.65||2.9||65% Cu, 18% Ni, 17% Zn||Tree of life|
|50||23.85||1.9||6.8||Ring: 65% Cu, 18% Ni, 17% Zn
Center: 79% Cu, 17% Zn, 4% Ni
|Large reeded||Bosphorus Bridge and Istanbul silhouette|
|26.15||8.2||Ring: 79% Cu, 17% Zn, 4% Ni
Center: 65% Cu, 18% Ni, 17% Zn
|inscribed, T.C. letters and tulip figure||Rumi motif|
|These images are to scale at 2.5 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the coin specification table.|
A new series of banknotes, the "E-9 Emission Group" entered circulation on 1 January 2009, with the E-8 group ceasing to be valid after 31 December 2009 (although still redeemable at branches of the Central Bank until 31 December 2019). The E-9 banknotes refer to the currency as "Turkish lira" rather than "new Turkish lira" and include a new 200-Turkish-lira denomination. The new banknotes have different sizes to prevent forgery. The main specificity of this new series is that each denomination depicts a famous Turkish personality, rather than geographical sites and architectural features of Turkey. The dominant color of the 5-Turkish-lira banknote has been determined as "purple" on the second series of the current banknotes.
|Current Turkish lira banknotes |
|Main Colour||Description||Date of issue|
|5||130 × 64||Brown||Mustafa Kemal Atatürk||Aydın Sayılı:
solar system, atom, ancient cave, left-handed Z-DNA helix.
|Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Value||1 January 2009|
|Purple||8 April 2013|
|10||136 × 64||Red||Cahit Arf:
Arf invariant, arithmetic series, abacus, binary sequence
|1 January 2009|
|20||142 × 68||Green||Architect Kemaleddin:
Gazi University main building, aqueduct, circular motif and cube-globe-cylinder symbolizing architecture
|50||148 × 68||Orange||Fatma Aliye Topuz:
flower and literary figures
|100||154 × 72||Blue||Buhurizade Itri:
musical notes, instruments and Mevlevi figure
|200||160 × 72||Violet||Yunus Emre:
Yunus's mausoleum, rose, pigeon and the line "Sevelim, sevilelim" (Let us love, let us be loved)
|These images are to scale at 0.7 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the banknote specification table.|
Exchange rates of the new lira
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Turkish Lira exchange rates became more stable after 2004. In the following years, the yearly average exchange rate of the lira was as follows:
- 2005 – 1 U.S. dollar = 1.29 new Turkish lira (The use of New Turkish lira, which drops 6 zeros from the currency Turkish lira, was implemented in 2005)
- 2010 – 1 U.S. dollar = 1.55 Turkish lira
- 2012 – 1 U.S. dollar = 1.80 Turkish lira (average)
- 2014 – 1 U.S. dollar = 2.09 Turkish lira (average)
- 2015 – 1 U.S. dollar = 2.62 Turkish lira (average)
- 2015 (late September) – 1 U.S. dollar = 3.00 Turkish lira (average)
- 2015 (November) – 1 U.S. dollar = 2.85 Turkish lira (average)
|Current TRY exchange rates|
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- Economy of Turkey
- Economy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
- Banknotes of Turkey
- Coins of Turkey
- Turkish lira sign
- Ottoman lira
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- The total sum is 200% because each currency trade always involves a currency pair.
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