Photos of Money from Around the World

Ever since I’ve begun travelling I’ve been infatuated with money, probably because I don’t have any. In each and every country I go to I make sure that when I leave I take at least one bill and one coin out with me. At my parent’s house in Canada there is a binder with money from all the countries I had been to before returning to South America this past fall. In my collection are some of my favourites including bills from Belize and Costa Rica and coin from Egypt, Japan and Belize. Since returning to South America I have visited some new countries, and others that I simply had not collected money from yet. Today I opened my travel pouch that sits in the bottom of my bag and shot some photos of the money. There are not photos of all of the new ones in the pictures below, but some of my favourites. Over the past 6 months I’ve added to my collection money from: Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, French Guiana (Euros), Guyana, and my personal favourite Suriname which features some square coins.

World Money

New Money – Click to Enlarge

World Coins

Coins, Yes I pack these with me everywhere I go – Click to Enlarge

Brazil Money

Brazilian Money – Click to Enlarge

Guyana Money

Guyanese Money, basic but effective – Click to Enlarge

Paraguay Money

Paraguayan Money. Plastic bills, why don’t more countries do this? – Click to Enlarge

Suriname Money

Surinamese Money: Square coins, why don’t other countries do that either? – Click to Enlarge


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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13 Comments

  1. Great photos. Love the square coins. My money obsession has been related to hording small bills and coins since there seems to be a dearth of change in Latin America.

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  2. I love these photos. I don’t really collect souvenirs but I definitely make an exception when it comes to foreign currency. I had no idea there were square coins – that’s really cool.

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  3. Love these shots. We’ve been keeping a bill from every country we visit and a few coins as well. It’s really our only keepsakes!

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    • I keep far too many coins. I think my coins probably weigh close to a pound now!

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  4. I love looking at all the different images found on foreign currency. Its interesting to learn the importance of the faces on these bills and coins.

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  5. Love this post & am glad I am not alone. I do the same too. From every country I go to I take some money with me from it. It’s so cool to see all the different types of money.

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  6. beautiful shots, mayeb you can sell these on istock 🙂

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    • Foreign money doesn’t really sell too well on iStock… some of the smaller ones like money though.

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  7. I also feel the need to keep one of everything from every country i go to. I also have a bunch of foreign money (some from countries that no longer exist or cant be identified) that i got from my aunt when i was 10. Some people collect stickers or magnets…i collect the money.

    I also love these photos. Are they really yours? They are very great!

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    • I’m glad so many people share my affection for money haha.

      Yes, all the photos are mine. I’m glad you like them.

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  8. I can remember being quite young…my parents had a friend who traveled quite extensively and she would bring money back with her…I loved to look at it, feel it, and imagine its journey from minting, through markets, banks, etc until it finally landed in my hands.

    Unique post! Great job!

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    • @will thanks, I’m glad you liked this one!

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