Some currencies are not worth the paper they’re printed on.
The Falling value of some countries currency when measured against the US dollar are the opposite of their natural resources.
Several of these countries are considered to have won the mineral jackpot with immense natural wealth in the form of oil and other minerals. However, the wealth does not necessarily mean the currencies used in such countries are highly valued. Actually in most cases, countries rich with natural resources and particularly oil have some of the least valued currencies in the world.
In spite of this, the U.S. dollar remains a relatively valuable currency, especially compared to the ones listed below:
We reveal 10 of the world’s most worthless currencies.
10. Egyptian Pound
Exchange rate for one US Dollar to Egyptian pounds is 17 by 2019.
Egypt uses the Egyptian pound as its official currency with LE or L.E code and E£ or £E symbol.
The Egyptian pound is also used as the official currency in the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian pound is made up of 100 subunits known as piastres. The Egyptian pound was introduced to the economy in 1834 as a replacement of the piastre. However, civil unrest, fluctuating oil prices, and poor economic decisions have seen the Egyptian pound erode in value with the biggest decline in value been seen between 1990 and 2010.
- Symbol: E£ or £E
- Code: L.E
- Subunit: piastres
- Central bank: Central Bank of Egypt
9. Nigerian Naira
One US dollar is currently exchanging for 360 Naira as at 2019.
The naira is the official currency used in Nigeria and obviously, it has been depreciating steadily against major currencies (dollar, pounds and more) of the world over the past few decades. The naira’s code is NGN, ₦ symbol and it comprised of subunits known as Kobo where one naira is equivalent to 100 Kobo.
Nigeria issued the first naira in January 1971 replacing the pound at the rate of 1 pound being equal to 2 nairas, a relatively valuable rate at the time.
- Symbol: ₦
- Code: NGN
- Subunit: Kobo
- Central bank: Central Bank of Nigeria
8. Venezuelan Bolivar
The exchange rate for one US Dollar to Venezuelan Bolivar is 24,8487 as at 2019.
The Venezuelan Bolivar or Bolivar Fuerte is the national currency used in Venezuela with VEF code and Bs symbol. The Venezuelan bolivar is comprised of 100 subunits known as “centimos”.
The Bolivar Fuerte was introduced into the economy in 2008 to replace the original Bolivar. The economic collapse of Venezuela of 2016 extremely eroded the Bolivar Fuertes’ value with inflation levels reaching an unprecedented level of 720% as of February 2016.
- Symbol: Bs
- Code: VEF
- Subunit: Céntimo
- Central bank: Central Bank of Venezuela
7. Lao kip
As of March 2019, one US Dollar exchanged for 8,587 Lao kips.
The kip is the official currency used in Laos and is comprised of 100 subunits known as att. The Lao Kip was formally recognized as the official currency after the country gained independence in 1952 and replaced the colonial French Indochinese piaster and was comprised of banknotes and coins with denominations of up to 100 kip. However, high inflation in the late 20th century and early 21st century has caused the Bank of Lao to issue banknotes of up to 100,000 kip.
- Symbol: ₭ or ₭N
- Code: LAK
- Subunit: kip
- Central bank: Central Bank of the Lao P.D.R.
6. Sierra Leonean Leone
One US Dollar was exchanging for 8,390 Sierra Leone Leone as of January 2019 making it the least valued currency in Africa.
Sierra Leone is a small West African country and has the Leone as its official currency. The Sierra Leonean Leone is abbreviated as SLL in the exchange markets and is comprised of 100 subunits known as cents. The Leone was introduced into the economy after the country gained independence and replaced the colonial British West African pound. The Sierra Leone Civil War which ran for over a decade caused hyperinflation in the country and a subsequent economic collapse in the country. The war left the currency at its lowest value.
- Symbol: Le
- Code: SLL
- Subunit: Cent
- Central bank: Central Bank of Sierra Leone
5. Guinean franc
One US Dollar was exchanging for 9,122 Guinea Franc as of March 2019.
The Guinea franc is the official currency of the western African nation of Guinea and is abbreviated as GNF in exchange markets. The Guinea franc is comprised of subunits known as centime where 100 centimes make one franc and were introduced in the economy in 1959 to replace the CFA franc. However, increased inflation caused the government to replace the franc with the syli in 1971 where one syli was equivalent to ten francs. However, deplorable economic conditions caused the franc to experience high inflation and made the Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea issue 20,000 franc banknotes.
- Symbol: FG, Fr, GFr
- Code: GNF
- Subunit: Centime
- Central bank: Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea
4. Indonesian Rupiah
As of 2019, one US Dollar exchange rate to Indonesian rupiahs was 14,238 making the rupiah one of the least valued currencies in the world.
The Indonesian rupiah is the official currency used in Indonesia and is known in the stock exchange markets by the code “IDR.” The rupiah is made up of 100 subunits known as Sen. The Indonesian rupiah circulates in banknotes and coins with the lowest denomination being the 1000 rupiah. The rupiah gained international recognition in 1949 after the country gained independence where one US Dollar exchanged for 3.8 rupiahs. However, the currency has experienced high inflation with measures trying to counter the inflation persistently failing.
- Symbol: Rp
- Code: IDR
- Subunit: Sen
- Central bank: Bank Indonesia
3. Vietnamese Dong
The Vietnamese Dong is worth slightly more than Iranian Rial as it is currently the second-least valued currency in the world. As at the time of writing, one USD exchanging for 23,165 VND.
Vietnamese Dong was introduced after the merger of North Vietnam and South Vietnam in 1978 and was relatively stable with 2 VND exchanging for 1 USD. The government then revalued the Dong severally in following years which caused a spike in the national inflation levels.
The Vietnamese Dong is the official currency used in Vietnam and is uses the code “VND” in the stock exchange markets. The Dong is made of 100 subunits known as xu or 10 subunits known as hao both of which are in circulation.
- Symbol: ₫
- Code: VND
- Subunit: xu or hao
- Central bank:State Bank of Vietnam
2. Iranian Rial
The Iranian rial is the official currency of Iran and it is likely to remain a poor performer, even as the country’s tourism stock rises. As of writing, the Iranian rial is one of the weakest and least valued currency in the world with one US Dollar exchanging for over 42,105 Iranian rials by 2019.
Locals often quote prices in toman, which is simply an Iranian rial with one zero removed. However, the unofficial unit of currency used locally is the now-defunct toman where 10 rials make up one toman.
- Symbol: ﷼
- Code: IRR
- Subunit: rials
- Central bank: Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran
1. North Korean won
Exchange rate of one US Dollars equals 1132 North Korean won by 2019.
The won is the official currency used in North Korea and is abbreviated as KPW in the money markets. The North Korean won is made up of 100 subunits known as chon. The won was introduced in 1947 and replaced the Korean yen. The won is exclusively used by the local citizens with foreign visitors required to use debit cards. Years of foreign sanctions and poor leadership has caused high inflation in the economy which has eroded the value of the won forcing the Central Bank of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to issue banknotes of up to 5000 won.
- Symbol: ₩
- Code: KPW
- Subunit: chon
- Central bank: Central Bank of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea