WORKSHEET 1: MONEY and PEOPLE Currency Around the World

WORKSHEET 1: MONEY and PEOPLE Currency Around the World

Currency around the world

The answers to these questions can be found in the Money Maps and Money People resources and/or by student research.

The first 12 currencieslisted are able to be discovered inthe MoneySmart Teaching activity called Money and People.

The additional table of 8 currencies will need to be researched by learners. This is a challenge activity so teachers should decide and instruct the class on whether challenges are to be undertaken or not. Double stars are awarded for correct answers.

Find the acronyms for the currencies of the following countries:

Country / Currency / Acronym
America / US Dollar / USD
Japan / Japanese Yen / JPY
Papua New Guinea / Papua New Guinea Kina / PGK
Norway / Norwegian Krone or Euro / NOK/EUR
China / Chinese Yuan / DNY
India / Indian Rupee / INR
Sudan / Sudanese Pounds or Sudanese Dinar / SDG/SDD
Mexico / Mexican New Pesos / MXN
Malaysia / Malaysian Ringgit / MYR
Lebanon / Lebanese Pound / LBP
France / French Euro / EUR
Australia / Australian dollar / AUD

Challenge question:

Brazil / Brazilian Real / BRL
Czech Republic / Koruna / CZK
Thailand / Thai baht / THB
Indonesia / Indonesian rupiah / IDR
United Kingdom / Pound sterling / GBP
Russia / Ruble / RUB
New Zealand / New Zealand dollar / NZD
Nauru / Australian Dollar / AUD

How many countries use the Euro?


Can you name 5 of those countries?

(any of the following)

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1) Andorra
2) Austria
3) Belgium
4) Cyprus
5) Estonia
6) Finland
7) France
8) Germany
9) Greece
10) Ireland
11) Italy
12) Kosovo
13) Luxembourg
14) Malta
15) Monaco
16) Montenegro
17) Netherlands
18) Portugal
19) San Marino
20) Slovakia
21) Slovenia
22) Spain
23) Vatican City

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When was decimal currency introduced?


What is polymer money?

Money made out of plastic with security incorporated in the note

Why is polymer money better than paper money?

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  • It incorporates security features
  • it's cleaner
  • it lasts longer
  • it's recyclable
  • it allows brighter pictures

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Australian currency

Who is on Australian banknotes?

$100 note: famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba (1861–1931), and distinguished soldier, engineer and administrator General Sir John Monash (1865–1931).

$50 note:Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon (1872–1967), and Australia’s first female parliamentarian, Edith Cowan (1861–1932).

$20 note:the founder of the world’s first aerial medical service (the Royal Flying Doctor Service), the Reverend John Flynn (1880–1951), and Mary Reibey (1777–1855), who arrived in Australia as a convict in 1792 and went on to become a successful shipping magnate and philanthropist.

$10 note:the poets AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson (1864–1941) and Dame Mary Gilmore (1865–1962).

$5 note:Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Parliament House in Canberra, the national capital.

Who (or what) is on Australian coins?

$2 coin: an Aboriginal tribal elder set against a background of the Southern Cross and native grasstrees.

$1 coin: five kangaroos.

50 cent coin:Australia’s coat of arms: the six state badges on a central shield supported by a kangaroo and an emu.

20 cent coin: a platypus.

10 cent coin: a male lyrebird dancing.

5 cent coin: an echidna, or spiny anteater.


Add up this weekly household budget to find out how much you will have to pay in expenses each week.

Expenses / $
Rent / 220.00
Food / 85.00
Electricity / 15.00
Phone / 29.00
Petrol / 25.00
School lunches / 15.00
Swimming classes / 7.50
Music lessons / 12.00
Gardener / 28.00
Bus pass / 24.50
Total / $ 461.00

If you got paid $530 each week how much money would you have left to save or spend at the end of the week?

$69.00 left to save or spend

How much money would you have to save or spend if you didn't have to pay for swimming lessons, music lessons or the gardener?

$116.50 left to save or spend

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