Your Complete Guide to Currency Codes

November 12th, 2020

Currency converters are amazing tools. They help you understand and track the value of any currency in the world against other currencies. If you are an investor or FOREX trader, you can quickly look at historical data to analyze trends and find potential buy/sell opportunities. As a collector, it may help you discover new currencies you never knew existed. If you are a world traveler, using a currency converter can help determine how you’ll spend time in your next destination.

There's one trick to making currency calculators work for you. You need to know the currency codes for each country. Currency converters and FOREX tracking tools do not show the entire name of a currency, they just show the current exchange codes. In this article, we will give you a quick history of currency codes, along with a guide to the codes of the currencies in the world.

What are Currency Codes?

The International Organization for Standardization publishes a list of standard currency codes, often referred to as the ISO 4217 code list. In 1973, a committee within ISO decided it was necessary to develop codes to standardize monetary terms for the application of international trade and banking. By 1978, the committee had finalized their list for international publication and use.

The list of currency codes in the ISO 4217 standard is composed of a country’s two-character Internet country code (ISO 3166), plus a third character which denotes the currency unit. For example, the US Dollar code is USD. US is the country’s internet code and D represents the dollar.

Here’s another example, the code for the Iraqi Dinar is IQD. Understanding this sequence of the way the codes are constructed gives you a quick way to figure out most currencies even without a chart.  Here’s a tricky one: the Swiss franc, CHF. CH is the International country code for Switzerland, a F is for franc.

There are exceptions to this rule. Mnemonic considerations are important. The Euro fits this category. The currency code for the Euro is EUR, and it would be hard to imagine a substitute for this easy-to-remember code.

List of Currency Codes

Here’s a complete list of all currency codes used worldwide as defined in the ISO 4217 standard. If you want to quickly convert and exchange currencies for many of the codes shown below, try out our currency converter or sign up for an exchange rate alert. Make sure when you are using a currency calculator to remember the order of operations. The first currency listed is equal to 1 unit. So, for example, the number for the USD/IQD exchange rate means 1 US Dollar is equal to x Iraqi Dinars.

AED United Arab Emirates Dirham GYD Guyana Dollar PEN Peru Sol
AFN Afghanistan Afghani HKD Hong Kong Dollar PGK Papua New Guinea Kina
ALL Albania Lek HNL Honduras Lempira PHP Philippines Peso
AMD Armenia Dram HRK Croatia Kuna PKR Pakistan Rupee
ANG Netherlands Antilles Guilder HTG Haiti Gourde PLN Poland Zloty
AOA Angola Kwanza HUF Hungary Forint PYG Paraguay Guarani
ARS Argentina Peso IDR Indonesia Rupiah QAR Qatar Riyal
AUD Australia Dollar ILS Israel Shekel RON Romania Leu
AWG Aruba Guilder IMP Isle of Man Pound RSD Serbia Dinar
AZN Azerbaijan Manat INR India Rupee RUB Russia Ruble
BAM Bosnia and Herzegovina Convertible Mark IQD Iraq Dinar RWF Rwanda Franc
BBD Barbados Dollar IRR Iran Rial SAR Saudi Arabia Riyal
BDT Bangladesh Taka ISK Iceland Krona SBD Solomon Islands Dollar
BGN Bulgaria Lev JEP Jersey Pound SCR Seychelles Rupee
BHD Bahrain Dinar JMD Jamaica Dollar SDG Sudan Pound
BIF Burundi Franc JOD Jordan Dinar SEK Sweden Krona
BMD Bermuda Dollar JPY Japan Yen SGD Singapore Dollar
BND Brunei Darussalam Dollar KES Kenya Shilling SHP Saint Helena Pound
BOB Bolivia Bolíviano KGS Kyrgyzstan Som SLL Sierra Leone Leone
BRL Brazil Real KHR Cambodia Riel SOS Somalia Shilling
BSD Bahamas Dollar KMF Comorian Franc SPL* Seborga Luigino
BTN Bhutan Ngultrum KPW Korea (North) Won SRD Suriname Dollar
BWP Botswana Pula KRW Korea (South) Won STN São Tomé and Príncipe Dobra
BYN Belarus Ruble KWD Kuwait Dinar SVC El Salvador Colon
BZD Belize Dollar KYD Cayman Islands Dollar SYP Syria Pound
CAD Canada Dollar KZT Kazakhstan Tenge SZL eSwatini Lilangeni
CDF Congo/Kinshasa Franc LAK Laos Kip THB Thailand Baht
CHF Switzerland Franc LBP Lebanon Pound TJS Tajikistan Somoni
CLP Chile Peso LKR Sri Lanka Rupee TMT Turkmenistan Manat
CNY China Yuan Renminbi LRD Liberia Dollar TND Tunisia Dinar
COP Colombia Peso LSL Lesotho Loti TOP Tonga Pa'anga
CRC Costa Rica Colon LYD Libya Dinar TRY Turkey Lira
CUC Cuba Convertible Peso MAD Morocco Dirham TTD Trinidad and Tobago Dollar
CUP Cuba Peso MDL Moldova Leu TVD Tuvalu Dollar
CVE Cape Verde Escudo MGA Madagascar Ariary TWD Taiwan New Dollar
CZK Czech Republic Koruna MKD Macedonia Denar TZS Tanzania Shilling
DJF Djibouti Franc MMK Myanmar (Burma) Kyat UAH Ukraine Hryvnia
DKK Denmark Krone MNT Mongolia Tughrik UGX Uganda Shilling
DOP Dominican Republic Peso MOP Macau Pataca USD United States Dollar
DZD Algeria Dinar MRU Mauritania Ouguiya UYU Uruguay Peso
EGP Egypt Pound MUR Mauritius Rupee UZS Uzbekistan Som
ERN Eritrea Nakfa MVR Maldives (Maldive Islands) Rufiyaa VEF Venezuela Bolívar
ETB Ethiopia Birr MWK Malawi Kwacha VND Viet Nam Dong
EUR Euro Member Countries MXN Mexico Peso VUV Vanuatu Vatu
FJD Fiji Dollar MYR Malaysia Ringgit WST Samoa Tala
FKP Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Pound MZN Mozambique Metical XAF Communauté Financière Africaine (BEAC) CFA Franc BEAC
GBP United Kingdom Pound NAD Namibia Dollar XCD East Caribbean Dollar
GEL Georgia Lari NGN Nigeria Naira XDR International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights
GGP Guernsey Pound NIO Nicaragua Cordoba XOF Communauté Financière Africaine (BCEAO) Franc
GHS Ghana Cedi NOK Norway Krone XPF Comptoirs Français du Pacifique (CFP) Franc
GIP Gibraltar Pound NPR Nepal Rupee YER Yemen Rial
GMD Gambia Dalasi NZD New Zealand Dollar ZAR South Africa Rand
GNF Guinea Franc OMR Oman Rial ZMW Zambia Kwacha
GTQ Guatemala Quetzal PAB Panama Balboa ZWD Zimbabwe Dollar

If you’re an investor, collector, or traveler, there’s no way to avoid currency codes and you’ll need resources to find and order foreign currency online. At US First Exchange, our goal is to be a continued source of education about the wide variety of currencies in the marketplace. We also give you the tools to make decisions about currencies. You can order foreign currency online and have your money shipped straight to your door in 24-48 hours. All shipments are fully insured for home delivery, and we pride ourselves on having the industry’s lowest spreads.

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