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Ethiopia Currency

ISO 4217 code
ETB
Central bank
National Bank of
Ethiopia
 Website
www.nbe.gov.et
User(s)
Ethiopia
Inflation
8%[1] July 2013
 Source
The World Factbook,
2008 est.
Subunit
 1/100
santim
Symbol
Br (Latin Script)
ብር (Ethiopic Script)
Coins
1, 5, 10, 25, 50
santim; 1 Birr
Banknotes
1, 5, 10, 50, 100 birr
The birr (Amharic: ብር?)
is the unit of currency in
Ethiopia. Before 1976,
dollar was the official
English translation of
birr. Today, it is officially
birr in English as well.
In 1931, the Emperor of
Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I,
formally requested that
the international
community use the
name Ethiopia (as it had
already been known
internally for at least
1600 years) instead of
Abyssinia, and the
issuing Bank of
Abyssinia also became
the Bank of Ethiopia.
Thus, the pre-1931
currency could be
considered the
Abyssinian birr and the
post-1931 currency the
Ethiopian birr, although
it was the same
country and the same
currency before and
after.
186 billion birr were in
circulation in 2008 ($14.7
billion or €9.97 billion).


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