Can you identify the country by its cash?

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Currencies vary widely from country to country. Even though you can use credit cards in many parts of the world, you still need local cash for smaller transactions. Whether you're well traveled or simply a numismatist (that's a coin collector), test your knowledge of planet Earth's various monies.  

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Which former Soviet republic had currency with a squirrel on it (pictured here) in the 1990s?

Belarus' old currency had all kinds of animals on it. A squirrel, bears, wolves and beavers were on other notes in the '90s before inflation hit and the country's money had to be redesigned. 

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When Winston Churchill replaces Elizabeth Fry on England's 5 pound note in 2016, the queen will be the only woman on any currency. By 2017, this woman will grace the 10 pound note.

Jane Austen will be the next woman to appear on British currency, replacing Charles Darwin, who is currently on the 10 pound note. The BBC reported that Chancellor George Osborne Tweeted that the Austen decition showed "sense and sensibility." 

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Albert Einstein's image on a paper bill
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What country had Albert Einstein on its cash?

The lirot, the form of currency seen here, was Israel's currency until 1980 when it was replaced by the old Israeli shekel. (Five years later that was replaced by the new shekel). This note with Einstein on it is from 1968.

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A gold-colored banknote with an older woman's portrait on it
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What country was the first to print bills made of polymer?

Australia printed the first polymer notes in 1988, and all bills were made of the tough plastic by 1996. Several other countries, including Vietnam, Canada, Fiji, Mauritius and New Zealand have followed suit. (Kuwait was the most recent.)

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Peso coin
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This 100 peso coin features a Mapuche (indigenous) woman on it. What country is it from?

The Mapuche, known for beautiful textiles, represent about 80 percent of the indigenous population of Chile and are honored on the 100 peso coin.

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U.S. dollar bill
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Which two Central American countries use the U.S. dollar as their currency?

Panama adopted the U.S. dollar as legal tender in 1904, but also has its own coins. El Salvador uses the U.S. dollar as its exclusive currency.

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Colorful, scented coins, one with a coconut on it, the other with a surfer
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This small island nation printed these colorful scratch-and-sniff coins (collectibles, yet legal tender) in 2009 and 2010.

The tiny countr of Palau (which only has 21,000 citizens) produces beautiful collectible coins. These scratch-and-sniff coins are truly unique: One smells like an ocean breeze, the other like coconuts.

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Which living person appears on more currency than anyone else?

The queen of England appears not just on British money, but also on bills and coins from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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50 paise coin
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This 50 paise, stainless steel coin comes from what populous country?

The 50 paise coin (half a rupee) is currently the lowest denomination coin circulating in India, since the 25 paise coin was discontinued in 2011.

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This country's $10,000 bill, (worth over $8,000 in U.S. dollars) was discontinued in June 2014 due to fraud issues. Where is it from?

Singapore's $10,000 bill — the world's most valuable currently circulating single bill — is still legal tender, though new ones won't be printed. The world's next most valuable cash is the 1,000 Swiss Franc note.

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Krone coin
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Norway's smallest-value coin, the Krone, is worth about how much in U.S. change?

1 Norwegian Krone is worth about 18 U.S. cents, and is the country's smallest denomination coin.

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