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Encyclopedia > Honduran lempira
Honduran lempira
lempira hondureño (Spanish)
ISO 4217 Code HNL
User(s) Honduras
Inflation 5.7%
Source The World Factbook, 2006 est.
Subunit
1/100 centavo
Symbol L
Coins 5, 10, 20, 50 centavos
Banknotes L1, L2, L5, L10, L20, L50, L100, L500
Central bank Banco Central de Honduras
Website www.bch.hn

The lempira (IPA: [lemˈpiːrə], ISO 4217 code: HNL) is the currency of Honduras. It is subdivided into 100 centavos. The lempira was named after the 16th-century cacique Lempira, a ruler of the indigenous Lenca people, who is renowned in Honduran folklore for leading the (ultimately unsuccessful) local native resistance against the Spanish conquistador forces. He is a national hero, and is honoured on both the 1 lempira note and on the 20 and 50 centavos coins. Centavo is a Spanish word derived from the Latin Centum meaning hundred. It is a fractional monetary unit, used to represent one hundredth of a basic monetary unit in many countries around the world including: Argentina Bolivia Brazil Cape Verde Chile Colombia Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Guinea-Bissau... The Central Bank of Honduras (Spanish: ) is the central bank of Honduras. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... ISO 4217 is the international standard describing three letter codes (also known as the currency code) to define the names of currencies established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ... Cacique may be in reference to: Cacique is one the finest brands of rum produced in Venezuela. ... Lempira (d. ... Native Americans redirects here. ... The Lenca people are an indigenous peoples of Central America, situated in the western highland regions of Honduras and eastern El Salvador. ... Conquistadors (Spanish: []) (English: Conqueror) were Spanish soldiers, explorers and adventurers who invaded and conquered much of the Americas and Asia Pacific, bringing them under Spanish colonial rule between the 15th and 19th centuries, starting with the 1492 settlement by Christopher Columbus in what is now the Dominican Republic and Haiti. ...

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History

The lempira was introduced in 1931, replacing the peso at par. In the late 1980s, the exchange rate was two lempiras to the U.S. dollar (the 20 centavos coin is called a daime as they used to be worth the same as a U.S. dime). As of August 2006, the lempira was quoted at 18.8932 HNL to 1 USD. U.S. dollars are widely accepted as currency, but almost certainly the buyer will receive lempiras in change. [citation needed] Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... A dime is a coin issued by the United States Mint with a denomination of one-tenth of a United States dollar, or ten cents. ... August 2006 is the eighth month of that year, and has yet to occur. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...


Coins

In 1931, coins were introduced in denominations of 5, 20 and 50 centavos and 1 lempira. 1, 2 and 10 centavos coins were added in 1935, 1939 and 1932 respectively. The silver 1 lempira coins ceased production in 1937, with the other silver coins (20 and 50 centavos) replaced by cupro-nickel in 1967.


Coins currently in circulation are [1]

  • 1 centavo - discontinued in 1985
  • 2 centavos - discontinued in 1990
  • 5 centavos
  • 10 centavos
  • 20 centavos
  • 50 centavos

Banknotes

The Bank of Honduras and the Banco Atlantida issued the first lempira banknotes in 1932. They were in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 lempiras. The Central Bank of Honduras took over production of paper money in 1950, introducing 50 lempiras notes in 1951. In 1975, 100 lemprias notes were added, followed by 500 lempiras in 1995. Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


Banknotes in circulation are [2]

Image Value Color Dimensions Obverse
L1 Red 156 × 67 mm Lempira
L2 Purple Marco Aurelio Soto
L5 Green Francisco Morazán
L10 Brown Jose Trinidad Cabañas
L20 Green Dionisio de Herrera
L50 Cyan Juan Manuel Galvez
L100 Orange Jose Cecilio del Valle
L500 Violet Ramon Rosa
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Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Lempira (d. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Marco Aurelio Soto was President of Honduras from August 27, 1876 until October 19, 1883. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Left-aligned text #REDIRECT Insert textStrike-through text Insert non-formatted text hereMedia:Example. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... José Trinidad Cabañas was President of Honduras from March 1, 1852 until October 18, 1855. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... José Dionisio de la Trinidad de Herrera y Díaz del Valle (October 9, 1781, Choluteca, Honduras—June 13, 1850, San Vicente, El Salvador) was a Liberal Honduran politician, head of state of Honduras from 1824 to 1827 and head of state of Nicaragua from 1830 to 1833. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Juan Manuel Gálvez was President of Honduras from January 1, 1949 till December 5, 1954. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 705 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (799 × 680 pixel, file size: 225 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image depicts a unit of currency. ... José Cecilio del Valle José Cecilio del Valle (November 22, 1780 – March 2, 1834) was a leader of Central American independence and the first president of United Provinces of Central America. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 704 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (817 × 696 pixel, file size: 245 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) hunter lempira This image depicts a unit of currency. ...

See also

Honduras is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America. ...

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The exchange rate was two lempiras to the U.S. dollar in the late 1980s (a twenty-cent coin is called "daime" as it used to be worth the same as a U.S. 10 cent coin or "dime").
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