What are the coins and banknotes with unusual denominations?

A question by User1969J What are the coins and banknotes with unusual denominations? Some coins and banknotes have unusual denominations. For example, there are coins of 4 doubles and 8 doubles in Guernesey, coins of 4 taris in Sicilia, 6 roubles, 15 kopecks, there are banknotes of 3 roubles. These values (4, 6, 8 and 15) are not common for coins and 3 is not common for a banknote. Do you know other coins and notes with odd denominations??


Continental currency, issued by the Continental Congress during our revolution, was in odd denominations such as 1/3, 3, 7, 60 and 80 dollars. The higher dollar amounts were a result of inflationary pressures because we had paper currency not back by any silver or gold reserves.

  • In the Netherlands, they used to have a banknote for 25 gilder instead of 20, as most countries do. I think they’ve gone to Euros now, though.
  • The US had a 1/2 cent, 2 cent, two types of 3 cent pieces and a 20-cent piece back in the 1800′s. We currently have a $ 2.00 bill, not different for Europeans but a little different for the US.
  • Spanish milled dollars were cut into parts in our colonial period. Hence the saying “Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar.”

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We had in Romania, during the communism, a 15 bani coin, a 3 lei coin and a 25 lei bill. It was nothing unusual because we were used to such denominations. A foreign guy pointed me how strange they are. Now we have the usual European denominations.


BTW, the largest denomination U.S. bill is the $ 100,000 with the portrait of Salmon Chase on it. It is used for transactions between Federal Reserve Banks although with the internet, this need may be unnecessary. The $ 500 & $ 1000 bills were withdrawn so as to make drug money movement more difficult as the use of $ 100 bills makes the druggies ship 5x to 10x as many bills.

The Collector 

Yugoslavia had a 500,000,000,000 dinar note in the 1990′s. Bosnia also had large bills – 10,000,000,000, 5,000,000,000…compared to the US’s largest bill – $ 10,000.


Updated 28 December 2022

By Alexandre Laurent

Alexandre Laurentl is working in the jewelry and investment gold since 2002. Alexandre graduated from The Normandy School of Business and from the University of Perpignan a Bachelor of economics in 1995.

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