10 Most Expensive Currency In The World

James Marsh | 04:20 | 24 comments

By James Marsh

This is the current list dated 6th July'2015 and is ranked per their value against US Dollar. Most valuable currency doesn't necessarily mean that the currency is better investment option or that it represents a better economic health of a nation. Please find below the list of expensive currency in their order of expensiveness:

1. Kuwaiti Dinar (1 KWD= 3.30 USD)

In an area slightly smaller than New Jersey, lies the home of the world’s most valuable currency. Kuwait has been involved in talks this year with five other Gulf Arab monarchies to form a single currency. The Kuwait currency is currently pegged to the dollar.

2. Bahrain Dinar (1 BHD= 2.65 USD)

A small island nation, approximately 2.65 times the size of Washington DC, Bahrain is geographically central in relation to its Persian Gulf neighbors. Its industry relies on petroleum production and refining, as well as financial services and construction. With an exchange rate to the US dollar at around $2.65 for one Bahraini Dinar, it’s the third most valuable currency in the world. It’s also expected to be relatively steady, as it was officially pegged to the dollar in 2001.

3. Omani Rial (1 OMR = 2.60 USD)

Oman, officially called the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab state in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It has a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf., has had its currency exchange rate pegged to the dollar at a rate of 1 OMR = $2.60 US since 1986. With that pegged relationship holding firm, seems as though the Rial’s fate remains tied to the fate of the dollar.

4. Latvian Lats (1 LVL= 1.61 USD)

One Lats is currently worth $1.61 US. The country, about the size of West Virginia, has entered the process to phase out the Lat in favor of the Euro, which is expected to be the official currency around 2012.

5. UK Pound Sterling & Gibraltar Pound (British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean) (1 GBP = 1.56 USD)

This holiday season, it seems now more than ever, citizens of the UK are taking advantage of their favorable exchange rate and coming to the US, where for them everything is half-off.

6.  Jordanian Dinar (1 JOD =1.41 USD)

Jordan may lack water and crude oil but the Mideast kingdom has one thing going for it – a strong currency. From 1927 to 1950, the Palestine Currency Board issued Palestine pound as the official currency in both Palestine and the Trans-Jordan Emirate, according to Wikipedia. When Jordan became independent in 1946, the country wanted its own currency and Jordanian dinar became the kingdom’s official currency.

7. Cayman Islands Dollar (1 KYD = 1.22 USD)

With no direct taxation, the islands thrive as an offshore financial center, with hundreds of banks, insurers and mutual funds. One Cayman Islands Dollar equals $1.22 US. The earlier currency used in Cayman Islands was Jamaican dollar, which was replaced in 1972. On the islands, the US dollar is accepted as legal currency.

8. European Euro (1 EUR = 1.11 USD)

Officially introduced in 1999, the multinational Euro didn’t begin changing hands until January 2001. After a rocky start, the Euro has gained on the dollar for years. The currency is the official currency of eurozone that comprises of 17 countries. Some these include Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. The currency is the second largest reserve currency as also the second most traded in the world.

9. Switzerland franc (1 Franc = 1.06 USD)

Switzerland has a stable, prosperous and high-tech economy. In 2011, it was ranked as being the wealthiest country in the world in per capita terms (with 'wealth' being defined to include both financial and non-financial assets). It has the world's nineteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and the thirty-sixth largest by purchasing power parity. It is the twentieth largest exporter, despite its size. Switzerland has the highest European rating in the Index of Economic Freedom 2010, while also providing large coverage through public services.

10. Bahamian Dollar (1 BSD = 1 USD)

The dollar has been the currency of The Bahamas since 1966. It is divided into 100 cents. The Bahamian dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar on a one-to-one basis which means that any business will accept either U.S. or Bahamian currency and many of the businesses that serve tourists have extra U.S. dollars on hand for the convenience of American tourists.

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  1. Since when is Oman in Africa!!!!

  2. This article has a lot of wrong info. I quite reading since I read Oman is located in Africa and saying 2- is Bahraini dinar is the 3rd most valuable when its placed at 2nd place in the same paragraph???

  3. Saudi Arabia and Yemen maybe. But Oman is not really close to Africa.

  4. middle east is not part of africa is asia.it is in border of africa the red sea separate two continents .

    1. Your posting does not make much sense either. What exactly "... in border of Africa" means? Oman - correctly Sultanate of Oman is located in the Middle East. It does NOT border Africa. It is bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf. It is between Yemen and UAE.

  5. @James Marsh (author):
    Your article "10 Most Expensive Currency in the World" is a true masterpiece. First of all, it is "currencies" (plural) but even if I forget your treacherous grammar ... to say that "Oman, [is] a country on the east coast of Africa" suggests that you slept through most of your geography classes. Perhaps you should use Google before you speak about something you know nothing about. Quite arrogant ...

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  6. I apologize for any inconvenience cause to you all due to my content over here - kindly note I have made changes as per your valuable suggestions....thanks heaps

  7. U.S dollar is most useful currency in the world...

    1. Because they have better economic condition and More resources

    2. True and they have the worlds largest economy. This notion coupled with economic recovery, the US is again back on top of the world as the unanimous superpower, no matter how valuable a countries currency is. Also, expect the value of those nations' currencies to decrease due to high oil production the US has been experiencing over the past couple of years. The US dollar is only going to get stronger. 'Merica! :)

    3. Read some economics then u can bla bla bla

  8. Ummm, 1 Bitcoin = 475.87 US Dollar, that's actually the most expensive currency

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  10. The fact that wealthiest economies has the most valuable currency had always been a myth to most of the people but it is not always true as of April 2015 there are economies not wealthiest but having more value for their currency. I am going to list top 10 from top to bottom.

    10 CAD (Canadian Dollar)- 1 CAD = 0.81 USD
    9 AZN (Azerbaijani Manat)- 1 AZN = 0.95 USD
    8 CHF (Swiss Franc)- 1 CHF = 1.03 USD
    7 EUR (Euro)- 1 EUR = 1.07 USD
    6 KYD (Cayman Islands Dollar)- 1 KYD = 1.21 USD
    5 JOD (Jordanian Dinar)- 1 JOD = 1.41 USD
    4 GBP (British Pound Sterling)- 1 GBP = 1.5 USD
    3 OMR (Omani Rial)- 1 OMR = 2.59 USD
    2 BHD (Bahraini Dinar)- 1 BHD = 2.65 USD
    1 KWD (Kuwaiti Dinar)- 1 KWD = 3.03 USD

    So as of now KWD is the most expensive currency.

  11. Most people ignorantly believe that US Dollar is the most expensive currency in the world. Well, its not right. Even in 2015, Its Kuwaiti Dinar...

  12. But really, the United States dollar has more value around the entire globe than any other currency. More recognized and accept all over the world. There is this very short video I watched and tried to post but was unable to do that, it shows the Sultan and one of the Arabian kings agreeing to this term and said it makes things more convenient for him carrying the Currency anywhere in the world. Paste your email here and I will send video for you. But let's not forget there are better Countries than United States, I have been to several ones and it is great and incomparable

  13. @Terry United States global position of power is what makes their dollar accepted across the globe. Clearly it cannot hold "more" value when valued LESS than the currency in other countries. What you're doing is confusing a countries power and influence for wealth where the reality is simply on a large scale America has control over more resources and exerts greater influence which in turn NEGATES the fact that the U.S dollar is losing considerable value compared to other countries. Also when you have several American embassies, companies, etc in other countries it makes it easier to have a common currency. The "value" comes from convenience and not actual dollar amounts.