What money in Tunisia is the currency of the 'Tunisian dinar'
In Tunisia, trade operations are officially permitted only in local currency - Tunisian dinars. The refusal of traders to take dollars and euros surprises many Russian tourists, accustomed to Egypt and Turkey, where tourists often do not even touch the local currency. In Tunisia, you will have to deal with dinars, in this article we will tell all the most interesting about them.
Tunisian Dinar - one of the most interesting currencies in the world
Communicating with the money of Tunisia can bring a lot of interesting impressions. The first thing that surprises tourists is the Tunisian "penny", which is called "milli". In 1 dinar, 1000 millimeters, not 100, as we are used to.
In hands, you can hold a coin of 1/2 dinar. According to our logic, there should be 500 millimeters, but here the coin is 1/2 dinar.
Also an interesting banknote of 30 dinars, such an unusual denomination in the world is nowhere else found. To get such a banknote in your hands is both great happiness and unhappiness at the same time. The misfortune is that it is officially withdrawn from circulation, that is, it is just a souvenir. Happiness is that it can be sold more as a collectible.
In some stores prices are indicated in millimeters, which puts tourists in shock. Imagine the situation that in the store you see the price for a can of soda - 1,700, you understand that there is not that much money in your pocket even after exchanging $ 100 for dinars.
In Tunisia, very interesting coins. Coin 1 dinar is found in several design options, awakening in tourists a passion, like the real coin collectors - to collect in your pocket all the options.
What kind of money to take with you?
Take dollars or euro. These currencies can be exchanged in any bank or exchange office. Most of the exchangers in Tunisia accept other currencies - Algerian dinars, UAE dirhams , Qatari reais, Swiss francs, British pounds, Swedish and Norwegian korunas.
We have not seen an exchanger at Tunisian resorts , which would accept Russian rubles or Ukrainian hryvnia. And even if such an exchange is found, the rate will be very unprofitable.
The current course of the Tunisian Dinar
In the table below, see the current rate of the Tunisian dinar against the dollar, euro or ruble.
| Exchange rates for: January 24, 2013 |
1 Tunisian Dinar = 23.585 Russian Rubles
1 Tunisian Dinar = 0.419 US dollars
1 Tunisian Dinar = 0.338 euros
1 Russian ruble = 0.042 Tunisian dinars
1 American dollar = 2.389 Tunisian dinars
1 euro = 2.958 Tunisian dinars
Where and how to change money
To change money it is necessary. In Tunisia, it is illegal to trade in any currency other than Tunisian dinars. The country has very strict currency control, citizens do not have the right to freely change their currency. Even if a trader takes a currency from a tourist, it will be problematic for her to exchange.
For more details on currency exchange, please read our article " How and where to change money in Tunisia ".
Features of the Tunisian currency for tourists
The international designation of the Tunisian dinar is TND. This abbreviation is found on the scoreboard in banks or exchangers, appears in official documents. In stores on the price labels write "DT", an example, see the photo below. The designation "TD" is extremely rare.
Like in many Arab countries, Tunisians love coins. The coin of the largest denomination is 5 Tunisian dinars, which at the rate of the beginning of 2017 is 125 rubles. In Russia, the largest denomination of a coin is only 10 rubles.
The Tunisian national currency is prohibited from being exported from Tunisia or imported into Tunisia . Any coins even of the smallest denomination are confiscated by customs officers, if they find of course.
Tunisian kopecks are millimeters
If in Russia pennies are almost not used in daily payments. In Tunisia, millimes are used often, but round up all prices to 100 millimeters. Coins 5, 10 and 20 millimeters are officially in circulation, but in practice tourists rarely get them in their hands. Of the coins common in everyday life, 50 millimeters is the smallest at face value.
How much money and prices in the country
About the prices read our articles: " How much to take money to Tunisia " and " Prices for food in Tunisia ."
A little history of Tunisian money
In 1881, Tunisia fell under the rule of the French, this period of the history of Tunisia was called the "French protectorate." In 1891, the French introduced a new local currency in Tunisia - a Tunisian franc equivalent to a French franc. Frank was divided into 100 centimes.
After the acquisition of independence in Tunisia in 1958, a new currency was introduced. The Tunisian dinar became one of the symbols of the new independent republic. The replacement of money in the country occurred in 1960 at the rate of 1 dinar = 1000 francs.
In fact, the old Tunisian franc has become a million. Tunisians say: "A bottle of water costs 1000 francs" or "Pellet costs 1500 francs". Especially this habit is common among Tunisians of the older generation.
The coin of 5 dinars is the largest at par, but not in size! Pay attention to this, the coin of 2 dinars is larger and heavier than 5 dinars.
Weight - 10 grams and 29 mm in diameter. Copper-nickel alloy in the center, and the edging is of two types: copper or brass. On the obverse is a portrait of Habib Bourguiba, the first president of Tunisia and leader of the country's independence movement. On the reverse is the coat of arms of Tunisia.
An interesting fact is that this coin is officially considered memorable, although it is used in everyday accounts of Tunisians. It was released in 2002 in honor of the second anniversary of the death of Habib Bourguiba. It turns out that all coins of 5 dinars in Tunisia are memorable, but there is simply no ordinary coin of this denomination. Funny, but true.
Coin 2 dinar released relatively recently - in 2013. Weight - 11.2 grams, diameter - 29.4 mm. The material is a copper-nickel alloy.
On the obverse is a bay of ancient Carthage , on the reverse is an olive tree. The most remarkable thing in this coin is the form of a thirteen-tetrahedron. The Arabs in the 13 figure do not see anything wrong.
Coin 1 dinar is found in three designs.
The first version was issued from 1976 to 1983. The obverse depicts the princesses of Dido, the founder of Carthage, on the reverse the portrait of Habib Bourguiba. These coins are still in circulation, they can be obtained for delivery at the store. Weight - 9.75 grams, diameter - 27.95 mm. The material is a copper-nickel alloy.
The second version was issued from 1988 to 1990. On the obverse of the princess Dido, on the reverse contours of the country Tunisia. Weight - 9.85 grams, diameter - 28.06 mm.
The third version was issued from 1996 to 2013. Naturally, such coins are now in circulation most of all, look at it in the photo. On the obverse of the princess Dido, on the reverse is the coat of arms of Tunisia. Weight - 10.1 grams, diameter - 28 mm.
A very interesting coin is 1/2 dinar. Weight - 8 grams, diameter - 24 mm. The material is a copper-nickel alloy.
These coins were also issued three times in 1976-1983, 1988-1990 and 1996-2013. The obverse shows a hand with dates and a hand with a wheat spikelet. On the reverse, everything is the same as on the coins of 1 dinar: a portrait of Habib Bourguiba, the outlines of Tunisia and the coat of arms in the latest version.
Coins of 200 millimeters are made of bronze. In their design, it's hard to find something original.
Weight - 9.4 grams, diameter - 29 mm. The form is a thirteen-tetrahedron.
With coins of 100 millimeters all the same - the same design, the same of bronze.
Weight - 7,5 grams, diameter - 27 mm.
And the smallest coin with which tourists have to face is 50 millimeters.
Weight - 6 grams, diameter - 25 mm.
Until 2014, the situation with banknotes in Tunisia was complicated. Here in circulation there were bills of different series. In the pockets of tourists could be three banknotes of 10 dinars, and all different in size and color.
At the end of 2014, all old banknotes went out of circulation. However, banknotes of the old series may well give on the surrender.
Our advice! Carefully look at the year of issue of the banknote, compare with the data of their table below. If the release date is less, do not take such a note.
Banknote 5 dinars. Only banknotes issued in 2014 and later are valid .
On the front side is depicted the commander Hannibal in the helmet and the bay of Carthage. On the back side of the Carthaginian ships.
Pay attention to the watermarks, made in the form of an olive tree. Such interesting watermarks can be seen on all Tunisian banknotes.
Dimensions: 143 by 73 millimeters.
A banknote of 10 dinars. The banknotes of the 2013 issue and later are valid only .
On the front side is the poet Abul El-Qasim Chebby. On the back of the arch of the school of Mades Baccia in Tunis.
Dimensions: 148 by 73 millimeters.
The banknote is 20 dinars. Only banknotes of the issue of 2011 and later are valid .
On the front side of the horse and with a saber Hairreddin Pasha is a famous politician of the Ottoman Empire, who was once the governor of Tunisia. Against this background, we see Ksar Ouled Soltan - a fortified granary in Tatuana. On the back of the college is Sadiki in Tunis.
Dimensions: 153 by 76 millimeters.
A banknote of 50 dinars. Only banknotes of the issue of 2011 and later are valid .
On the front side are the writer and poet Ibn-Račik and the Numismatics Museum in Tunis. On the back side is the Kasb Palace in Tunis.
Dimensions: 158 by 79 millimeters.
Once again, we advise you to closely monitor the topic of banknotes, which you receive for delivery in stores. Check the release date.
Export of dinars from Tunisia
Many tourists want to bring coins from Tunisia as souvenirs or for collection. However, the export of coins and banknotes is prohibited.
Of course, we do not recommend breaking the law, but if the reader has decided to carry Tunisian money across the border, we will give some advice on how to do this successfully.
In no case do not put coins in the pockets of clothing, caught on the first control with a metal detector. Put in hand luggage, it is checked quickly, so as not to brake the queue. Be sure to put coins mixed with other metal objects and into the largest bag, so that the customs officer had less desire to "gut" the luggage.
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