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Currencies that were officially named after real people
« on: November 26, 2015, 03:59:41 PM »
This topic is meant for currencies that were officially named after real people.

Coin nicknames can be found here.

See also: Coins with first names.
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Re: Currencies that were officially named after real people
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2015, 04:08:09 PM »
Christopher Columbus, known in Spanish as Cristobal Colón, gave his name to the currencies of Costa Rica and El Salvador: the colón.

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba gave his name to the currency of Nicaragua: the córdoba.

Lempira, a war chieftain of the Lencas of western Honduras in Central America during the 1530s, gave his name to the currency of Honduras: the lempira.

Antonio José de Sucre gave his name to the currency of Ecuador: the sucre.

Simón Bolívar gave his name to the currency of Venezuela: the bolívar.

Vasco Núñez de Balboa gave his name to the currency of Panama: the Balboa.



These are all from Latin America. Do you know of any such OFFICIAL currency names from elsewhere?
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Re: Currencies that were officially named after real people
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2015, 05:10:36 PM »
From Wikipedia:

The somoni (Tajik: cомонӣ, ISO 4217 code: TJS) is the currency of Tajikistan. It is subdivided into 100 diram (Tajik: дирам). The currency is named after the father of the Tajik nation, Ismail Samani (also spelled Ismoil Somoni).

Abu Ibrahim Ismail ibn Ahmad (892–907), better known as Isma'il ibn Ahmad, was the Samanid amir of Transoxiana  and Khorasan. His reign saw the emergence of the Samanids as a powerful force. He was the son of Ahmad ibn Asad and a descendant of Saman Khuda, the founder of the Samanid dynasty who renounced Zoroastrianism and embraced Islam.
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Re: Currencies that were officially named after real people
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2015, 01:10:39 AM »
The Albanian currency, Lek, was named after Alexander the Great (Leka i Madh).
Source: Schön's World Coin Catalogue 46th edition 2018.

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Re: Currencies that were officially named after real people
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2015, 06:22:15 PM »
In XVII cent. in 1660-th in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was issued the 30 groat coin, or the first zloty in metal, produced under the rule of the mint rentets brothers Andzej and Tomasz Tymf, and so the coinsachieved the name "tymfs"
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Re: Currencies that were officially named after real people
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2015, 06:38:27 PM »
Thank you, Andrey.  ;)
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