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Australian currency: information and images of the Australian dollar

Before traveling to Australia it is important to know what the official currency of the country is. In this article, we talk about the legal currency of the territory and its value compared to other currencies in the world.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Australian dollar

The official currency of Australia is the Australian dollar. Its ISO code is AUD and its symbol $ or A $. However, before this there were different currencies in the country:


In 1851 the first gold coins in Australia began to be minted after discovering the presence of this metal in the territory. Likewise, banks began to produce their own bills. However, in 1910 the Australian pound as legal tender

In the past, during the domination of the United Kingdom in Australia, the currency used was the pound sterling.

The Australian pound was divided into twenty shillings, which in turn amounted to twelve pence. However, in 1966, this currency is replaced by the Australian dollar. The conversion that was made was two dollars for one pound.

Current currency

Currently, we find metallic coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 dollars. In most of them animals characteristic of Australian fauna, such as the kangaroo, appear.

The design of all the coins except that of 2 dollars was carried out by Stuart Devlin, who was the jeweler of Queen Elizabeth II.

As for the tickets, there are 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and in them we find the image of illustrious Australians. Between 1992 and 1996 a new series of banknotes was designed.

These new models were the first in the world to be made of polymer, that is, plastic, material that makes them waterproof. Also, in this way, they are more difficult to fake. As of 2016, the designs of the bills were changing.

On the other hand, since 1990, a new silver coin with a different design is minted every year. This is called kookaburra, which is an Australian bird. They have a value of $ 30.

Exchange rate

This is the conversion of the Australian dollar to other major currencies of the world:

  • 1.00 AUD = 0.75 US dollars (USD)
  • 1.00 AUD = 1.04 New Zealand dollars (NZD)
  • 1.00 AUD = 0.67 euros (EUR)
  • 1.00 AUD = 501.40 Chilean pesos (CLP)
  • 1.00 AUD = 17.66 Honduran lempiras (HNL)
  • 1.00 AUD = 0.59 pounds sterling (GBP)
  • 1.00 AUD = 12.01 Argentine pesos (ARS)
  • 1.00 AUD = 2,200.23 Colombian pesos (COP)
  • 1.00 AUD = 13.73 Mexican pesos (MXN)
  • 1.00 AUD = 21.50 Uruguayan pesos (UYU)
  • 1.00 AUD = 5.54 Guatemalan quetzales (GTQ)
  • 1.00 AUD = 2.46 Brazilian reals (BRL)
  • 1.00 AUD = 2.46 Peruvian soles (PEN)

It should be taken into account that these equivalences vary day by day, so it is best to check the price of the Australian dollar on the day it is.

Currency exchange

If you are thinking of doing tourism in Australia and you are worried about changing money, you should know that there you can get Australian dollars at airports, banks, hotels and exchange houses.

Also, except in rural or sparsely populated areas, there are quite a few ATMs. Generally, payment by card is also accepted. The most extended card payment system is called EFTOPS. Thanks to this, in some stores and establishments you can also to take money out.

It is advisable to bring cash, especially if you are going to visit little tourist areas. In addition to all the methods mentioned above, you can also get Australian dollars at banks in your country.

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