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Currencies of Spanish-Speaking Countries

Most Common Monetary Unit Is the Peso

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Money from Mexico and Central America

Money from Mexico and Central America.

Photo by Fernando Reyes Palencia; Creative Commons license.

Here are the currencies used in countries where Spanish is the official language. In Latin American countries where the dollar symbol ($) is used, it is common to use the abbreviation M.N. (moneda nacional) to distinguish the national currency from the U.S. dollar in situations where the context doesn't make clear which currency is meant.

Argentina: The main unit of currency is the Argentine peso, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: $.

Bolivia: The main unit of currency in Bolivia is the boliviano, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: Bs.

Chile: The main unit of currency is the Chilean peso, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: $.

Colombia: The main unit of currency is the Colombian peso, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: $.

Costa Rica: The main unit of currency is the colón, divided into 100 céntimos. Symbol: ₡. (This symbol may not display properly in all browsers. It looks similar to the U.S. cent symbol, ¢, except with two diagonal slashes instead of one.)

Cuba: Cuba uses two currencies, the peso cubano and the peso cubano convertible. The first is primarily for everyday use by Cubans; the other, worth considerably more, is used primarily for luxury and imported items and by tourists. Both types of pesos are divided into 100 centavos. Both also are symbolized by the $ symbol; when necessary to distinguish between the currencies, the symbol CUC$ is often used for the convertible peso.

Dominican Republic (la República Dominicana): The main unit of currency is the Dominican peso, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: $.

Ecuador: Ecuador uses U.S. dollars as its official currency, referring to them as dólares, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: $.

Ecuatorial Guinea (Guinea Ecuatorial): The main unit of currency is the Central African franco (franc), divided into 100 céntimos. Symbol: CFAfr.

El Salvador: El Salvador uses U.S. dollars as its official currency, referring to them as dólares, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: $.

Guatemala: The main unit of currency in Guatemala is the quetzal, divided into 100 centavos. Foreign currencies, particularly the U.S. dollar, are also recognized as legal tender. Symbol: Q.

Honduras: The main unit of currency in Honduras is the lempira, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: L.

Mexico (México): The main unit of currency is the Mexican peso, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: $.

Nicaragua: The main unit of currency is the córdoba, divided into 100 centavos. Symbol: C$.

Panama (Panamá): Panama uses U.S. dollars as official currency, referring to them as balboas, divided into 100 centésimos. Symbol: B/.

Paraguay: The main unit of currency in Paraguay is the guaraní (plural guaraníes), divided into 100 céntimos. Symbol: G.

Peru (Perú): The main unit of currency is the nuevo sol, usually referred to simply as the sol. It is divided into 100 céntimos. Symbol: S/.

Spain (España): Spain, as a member of the European Union, uses the euro, divided into 100 cents or céntimos. Symbol: €.

Uruguay: The main unit of currency is Uruguayan peso, divided into 100 centésimos. Symbol: $.

Venezuela: The main unit of currency in Venezuela is the bolívar, divided into 100 céntimos. Symbol: Bs.

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