Most Traded Currencies

Here are a list of the world's top 20 most-traded currencies. Guess both the name of the currency, and the country or entity that issues it.
% = percent of trades involving that currency, by value as of April 2019
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Last updated: January 1, 2020
First submittedMarch 1, 2016
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Issued By
Currency Name
88.3
United States
Dollar
32.3
Eurozone
Euro
16.8
Japan
Yen
12.8
United Kingdom
Pound
6.8
Australia
Dollar
5.0
Canada
Dollar
5.0
Switzerland
Franc
4.3
China
Yuan
3.5
Hong Kong
Dollar
2.1
New Zealand
Dollar
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Issued By
Currency Name
2.0
Sweden
Krona
2.0
South Korea
Won
1.8
Singapore
Dollar
1.8
Norway
Krone
1.7
Mexico
Peso
1.7
India
Rupee
1.1
Russia
Ruble
1.1
South Africa
Rand
1.1
Turkey
Lira
1.1
Brazil
Real
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Level 71
Mar 1, 2016
Hong Kong still has its own currency? How 'bout that...
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Level 70
Mar 30, 2016
So does Macau
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Level 79
Jun 14, 2016
Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administration Regions of China. When they were absorbed into China, the PRC government didn't want to collapse the local economies. They knew they had a good thing going there so they gave them significant autonomy. Hong Kong has it's own customs and border controls, as well. You don't need a Chinese visa to visit Hong Kong. And the government was largely very autonomous, too, though recent efforts by Beijing to meddle in local politics have been the cause of large protests.
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Level 72
Aug 11, 2016
I've still got a few old HK dollars with the Queen on the back from when I lived there before 1997. She's gone now, but the currency has endured. Despite Beijing's steady encroachment that Kalbahamut mentioned, for the most part HK and Macau function as independent states. HK's Basic Law is essentially it's own mini-constitution and it maintains its own border controls, and, as mentioned, currency. Additionally it fields its own teams in many sporting competitions. Identity is a tricky thing in HK, but at least when I was there last (a while ago now - not since about 2008) they thought of themselves as HKers first and Chinese very much second.
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Level 57
Mar 1, 2017
Basic Law is the constitution of Hong Kong, but Beijing holds the right of interpretation of it (which means it can have the authority to change the law), and it has been done 6 times ever since its handover in 1997. I am born and raised in Hong Kong (even when I am typing this right now), I believe Hong Kong is a fully autonomous region, yet its commercially and socially free state is gradually undermined by Beijing, which is a very saddening fact to be note. Speaking of the Hong Kong dollar (as well as the Macau dollar), our colonial government (the UK for Hong Kong and Portugal for Macau), had given a great financial status as mentioned by kalbahamut, so the Chinese government want to maintain it as to keep it prosperous.
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Level 67
Feb 10, 2020
Cool, I was there the same year that you were.
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Level 74
Mar 1, 2016
Also accept rouble?
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Level ∞
Mar 2, 2016
Okay
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Level 50
Jun 14, 2016
Damn, I thought 27 would be a solid score, but it's below the average x_x
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Level 71
Jun 14, 2016
That's what happens when you take a quiz in the first 20 minutes. 34/35 only beats 85.1% at this point.
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Level 67
Jun 14, 2016
34/35 is beating 91.7% now, so maybe the pool of hardcore quizzers who took the quiz the moment it was featured is being diluted by the casuals who just happened to notice it in passing and thought they'd give it a go, sort of like how the hyperfans are always at the premiere of a film, and after a few weeks when it's about to end, the stragglers kind of find their way into the cinema to check it out. This quiz is the quiz equivalent of films.
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Level 44
Jun 14, 2016
I'm from Britain, I remembered the pound, yet forgot the enter United Kingdom?!
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Level 78
Jun 14, 2016
Nice quiz, and I learned new things.
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Level 81
Oct 25, 2018
Yeah, like the fact that Sweden doesn't use the euro.
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Level 29
Jun 14, 2016
Honestly surprised non of the Arab oil states aren't on here.
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Level 79
Jun 15, 2016
The value of these currencies are almost all pegged to or at least closely related to the value of the US dollar because, since the oil industry began in Pennsylvania and has been dominated by the US ever since (formerly in supply, currently in demand)- the price of a barrel of oil has always been in US dollars. So... these countries do almost all of their relevant business in US dollars. The local currencies are just that: local. I know from first hand experience taking a lot of Saudi riyals overseas somewhere and trying to exchange them is a horrible idea and you'll take a big loss because nobody wants riyals. Much better to convert to USD in Saudi first, and then exchange the dollars upon arrival. The only time these currencies are traded is when Saudis go to neighboring GCC countries and vice versa, but those neighboring countries are all tiny so this doesn't amount to much.
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Level 79
Jun 15, 2016
Though that being said I am a bit surprised that the krona, krone, and New Zealand dollar are higher than the riyal. That seems weird. I guess the first two because the economies of Europe are so closely intertwined... but the last one seems inexplicable to me.
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Level 63
Feb 9, 2020
Is it because New Zealanders travel a lot, and a lot of tourists come to New Zealand? Or because NZ's economy is in good shape?
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Level 79
Feb 10, 2020
Neither of those seem to be good explanations to me. Thailand receives waaay more tourists than New Zealand does and the Thai baht isn't on here. And there are many countries with significantly larger economies, or that are by various metrics wealthier and/or growing faster, also not represented.
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Level 66
Jun 17, 2016
I don't understand the percentages. :S They add up to way more than 100%.
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Level 50
Jun 18, 2016
Each trade of currency has to involve 2 currencies, so they should add up to almost 200%. Which they do.
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Level 79
Jun 19, 2016
The Mexican peso is more traded than the Chinese yuan? Wow, I wouldn't have believed that. Actually, the fact that the yuan is placed in 9th surprises me (in my opinion, too low for that economy)
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Level ∞
Jun 20, 2016
I think there are heavy restrictions on the trading of Chinese currency.
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Level 60
Dec 5, 2017
Hong Kong is not a country!
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Level 69
May 2, 2018
Neither is Eurozone, but both of them have their own currency that is widely traded, so they count.
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Level 57
Feb 9, 2020
The quiz is about currencies, not about sovereign countries. Plenty of places that aren't countries issue their own currencies (e.g. Isle of Man, Jersey, the town of Lewes in England).
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Level 70
Feb 9, 2020
Only if you want to 'Lewes your money'
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Level 45
Jan 30, 2018
Please call it the "dollarzone"
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Level 79
Mar 24, 2020
Call what the dollarzone? There's no such thing. As opposed to the Eurozone, which is a thing. The EU is not Europe. Not all countries in the EU use the Euro. And some countries not in the EU belong in the Eurozone. The group of countries that use the Euro are called the Eurozone, though there are other countries (Kosovo, Montenegro) that use the Euro that are not part of the Eurozone, just like there are other countries that use US dollars that are not part of the United States.
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Level 56
Feb 9, 2020
Please accept Krona and Krone for each other. It's the same.
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Level 54
Feb 9, 2020
32. Not bad. Missed South Korea, won, and Hong Kong
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Level 55
Feb 9, 2020
I went into countries of the world mode and couldn’t think who else possibly had a dollar. Completely forgot HKG had its own currency
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Level 70
Feb 10, 2020
Isn't the Chinese currency strictly the Renminbi?
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Level 52
Feb 12, 2020
I would group the "crown" currencies into one? These are just translations into their own languages of the same currency.
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Level 54
Feb 16, 2020
Translations of the same word - but the currencies are separate - like the dollars.