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Pre-Euro Currencies

These countries use the Euro as their currency. What were the names of their former currencies?
Cypriot currency was known by two names. Guess the official one
Enter the name of the currency only. For example: Type "Dollar" not "Canadian Dollar'
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Last updated: January 2, 2023
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First submittedJune 19, 2012
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Country
Currency
Andorra
(French and
Spanish currency)
Austria
Schilling
Belgium
Franc
Croatia
Kuna
Cyprus
Pound (aka Lira)
Estonia
Kroon
Finland
Markka
France
Franc
Country
Currency
Germany
Mark
Greece
Drachma
Ireland
Pound (aka Punt)
Italy
Lira
Latvia
Lats
Lithuania
Litas
Luxembourg
Franc
Malta
Lira
Country
Currency
Monaco
Franc
Netherlands
Guilder
Portugal
Escudo
San Marino
Lira
Slovakia
Koruna
Slovenia
Tolar
Spain
Peseta
Vatican City
Lira
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Level 71
Jun 15, 2015
wow, pretty difficult ! some of those are gone since too long
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Level 75
May 25, 2016
Clever quiz!
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Level 64
May 29, 2016
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Level 79
May 25, 2016
Doesn't make much sense to use the national name (markka and kroon) for some and then the English name (guilder) for others. At least accept "gulden" too.
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Level ∞
May 30, 2016
Same way we have "English" names for some countries and use the native names for others. Its just how things work. Don't blame the quizmaster. :)
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Level 75
Jun 9, 2016
In that vein, I was baffled that it didn't accept Punt for the Irish currency - that's all I've ever known it as! How about at least accepting it as a type-in?
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Level 82
Jul 2, 2016
agree - Ireland used the punt
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Level 71
Aug 27, 2016
Yeah, should be acceptable.
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Level 37
Apr 20, 2018
Sillie: Here, Here; I totally agree with you!
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Level 77
Apr 1, 2020
Do you mean 'hear, hear'?
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Level 75
Sep 19, 2018
Me too. Either accept both English and local names for all or just local names. The current pick-and-mix isn't right.
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Level 85
Jan 29, 2022
I agree. "Crown" should work for both Slovakia and Estonia by the logic of the current answers, and conversely, "Punt" should work for Ireland.
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Level 81
Jan 26, 2022
It's not Quizmaster's fault, English language is very weird in that regard. Most others just use the translation of crown, mark, rupee etc for all similar currencies. Rial/riyal is the most bewildering.
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Level 85
Jan 29, 2022
Yes. What's really silly is that riyal/rial are spelled identically to each other in Arabic and Persian. (I'm exempting the Cambodian riel from this comment.)
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Level 69
Feb 15, 2022
But both names are used, but QM has decided to allow only one or the other on unclear grounds.
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Level 42
Jul 1, 2016
How did Kosovo manage to have a pre-euro currency? :D

Serbian dinar is the currency in Kosovo

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Level 42
Jul 1, 2016
Also, you say euro is the currency in Kosovo because, officially, it is.

But still, they say euro is official currency since Kosovo's independency, so Kosovo hasn't had any currency before euro.

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Level 61
Jul 4, 2016
Per Wiki: Kosovo adopted the German mark in 1999 to replace the Serbian dinar,[179] and later replaced it with the euro, although the Serbian dinar is still used in some Serb-majority areas (mostly in the north).
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Level 42
Jul 5, 2016
German Mark was used in Yugoslavia, and after Yugoslav wars, when Yugoslavia split up, Serbian dinar became the official currency in FRY(Federal Republic of Yugoslavia - later - Serbia and Montenegro), but Deutsche mark was still used in the whole country.
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Level 42
Jul 5, 2016
Per Wiki: Germany and Kosovo replaced German Mark with Euro in 2002.

And, Kosovo "became a country" in 2008, so, there was no official currency in the Republic of Kosovo before Euro, right?

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Level 81
Oct 2, 2016
DEM wasn't used just as a practical stable alternative to dinar, it was oficially adopted as the only currency in Kosovo and Montenegro. Whatever their independence status, this is the currency they used before switching to euro
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Level 56
Jul 1, 2016
Can you accept Gulden for Guilder? I have never heard of the last one before.
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Level 59
Mar 9, 2017
Is florin an acceptable name for the old Dutch currency?
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Level 37
Apr 20, 2018
"Florin" is another term for the Netherlands Antilles "Gulden" (or Guilder, in English)
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Level 74
Jul 1, 2016
Gulden in The Netherlands and Drahma in Greece
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Level 56
Jul 1, 2016
I'm used now to lots of different sources referring to the Italian Lira. But the word "Lira" hasn't appeared on any Italian money for at least 70 years, probably longer. You will only find notes and coins marked "Lire", which is of course the plural.
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Level 35
Jul 4, 2022
the name of the money was lira, but because of inflation 1 euro was the equivalent of almost 2000 lire, so the plural was used more, but lira it's absolutely correct.

-source: an Italian that remembers a time before euros

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Level 81
Jan 3, 2023
The currency was still lira, just like Zimbabwean dollar, Serbian dinar etc
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Level 48
Jul 9, 2016
Zimbabwe has been using the Euro among other currencies, although unofficially. It should be included as this quiz included other unofficial users of the Euro such as Kosovo and Montenegro.
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Level 71
Aug 27, 2016
I thought Zimbabwe used the USDollar as a shadow currency, because its own was effectively worthless. I know they used a few others but mainly the USD, not the Euro.
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Level 48
Sep 1, 2016
Through the US dollar is more readily accepted in Harare, borders near Botswana and South Africa apparently prefer the euro or other currencies.

Either way, they're all "legal" tender. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_status_and_usage_of_the_euro#Zimbabwe

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Level 60
Nov 12, 2017
Gulden is still not accepted as the Netherlands currency pre euro
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Level ∞
Nov 13, 2017
Gulden will work now
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2020
I miss the old money. That was one of the best things going on holiday. I loved the cool looking, unusual coins and notes.

The Euro is one of the most boring currencies ever devised!

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Level 53
Nov 12, 2020
I agree - I did a year as part of my degree as the "assistant d'anglais" in a little town between Metz and Luxemburg, and I used to have five different currencies on my bedside table, including £. Nowadays it would be only two. How boring can you get!

And what's really bizarre is how small they made the Euro. So small that the single-cent and two-cent coins were effectively obsolete before they were introduced. If they had made the Euro worth ten times what it is, then there would have been a good many years' worth of inflation built in. Or even been really far-sighted and made it worth 100 times as much, and divided it into mils. But that would have required some imagination...

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Level 63
Jan 31, 2022
I get you but it does make some things easier.
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Level 42
Jan 18, 2023
the benefits of a single eu currency outweigh people getting bored of it
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Level 77
May 26, 2021
Dash, I tried 'krone' and 'krona'!
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Level 63
Jan 31, 2022
Mark should work for Finland, since it was the Swedish name of the currency.
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Level 67
Feb 7, 2022
No Hungary?
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2022
Nor Czechia?
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Level 62
Feb 15, 2022
neither Hungary (florint) nor Czechia (koruna or crown) use the euro...

The quiz is about pre-euro currency, it implies the country switched to the euro...

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Level 63
Feb 15, 2022
Weird guess distribution. How come Cyprus' correct guess percentage is different to both Italy and Ireland's given the same answer?
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Level 27
Aug 3, 2022
Funny that Cyprus uses the Euro but isn't in Europe according to Jetpunk....................
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Level 86
Jan 2, 2023
Funny that currency and continental plates are completely different things that have no relevance to one another.
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Level 87
Jan 3, 2023
So does French Guiana, which is an integral part of France, bordering Suriname and Brazil.
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Level 51
Jan 2, 2023
Why was the quiz reset?
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2023
Croatia joined the Eurozone.
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Level 71
Jan 3, 2023
In a moment of desperation, I tried 'doubloon' for Spain. Unfortunately it's not a currency, but a denomination of a currency which was even earlier than the one on this list for Spain (but was the same name as Portugal's on this list).
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Level 74
Jan 3, 2023
If Punt becomes Pound then Mark should be acceptable for Finland too instead of Markka
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Level 44
Jan 4, 2023
Didn't know Croatia changed to the Euro. Apparently it happened 3 days ago
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Level 25
Jan 5, 2023
yes, we got euro on the 1st of january