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REAL OR NO REAL: Can you spot the real currency?

  • Asda Money launches a new game to challenge travel-savvy explorers
  • Play the game to see if you can identify the real travel money from around the world
  • Do you know your Yen from your Zloty?

Currencies play a major part in traveling abroad, and whilst international travel might not be possible right now, many people are looking back fondly on their travel memories and hoping for a return to travel soon. 

This week Asda Money has launched a new game called Real or No Real, which is designed to challenge user’s currency knowledge. With so many variants around the world, how many coins can you correctly identify? There are some fake currencies amongst the bunch to look out for! Play the game here .

Alistair Ball, Head of Insurance at Asda Money, commented on the game, “This game is just for fun, however if you are an avid traveller then you should be able to recognise currencies from other countries and reach one of the top scores.” 


Key facts about world currency

  • In the UK we use the world’s oldest currency unit – pound sterling, which was introduced in the eighth century.
  • The most widely traded currencies include – US dollar (USD), Euro (EUR), Japanese yen (JPY), Pound sterling (GBP), Australian dollar (AUD), Canadian dollar (CAD) and the Swiss franc (CHF).
  • Each year, there is more money printed for the game Monopoly than there is for real money around the world.
  • Global currencies can fluctuate for all types of reasons, whether it be a political change such as an inauguration, or even a natural disaster such a tsunami. Recently, the COVID-19 vaccination roll out has also impacted currency rates.
  • There are a total of 180 world currencies in circulation, as recognised by the United Nations.
  • There are many types of dollars used by different countries, there are 22 countries who use their own version of the dollar. 
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