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Collecting Inflated, Worthless Money

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Billion Dollar Bills From Around the World

— August 16, 2008 — World
Anyone who’s ever complained about the poor U.S. economy has no reason for complaint compared with the inflation that’s run rampant in these six countries. Take Zimbabwe, for example. This country was once one of Africa’s wealthiest. Today, 10 million Zimbabwean dollars is a mere $4. There, a Z$100 billion bill gets you...two loaves of bread. Daily expenses are now discussed in terms of trillions in Zimbabwe. Ouch.

This gallery features some of the most inflated bills from around the world. Collecting these bills could be a great way to generate attention for store or even your own home.

Vietnam isn’t much better off. 500,000 Vietnamese dongs is about $30 in the U.S. following a U.S. embargo in the early 1980s and a whole lot of printed currency. And in Indonesia, 100,000 rupiah converts into about $11 USD. Indonesia’s rupiah was hit hardest after 1997, when the Asian financial crisis caused the rupiah to lose 80% of its value in a matter of months. In Iran, 50,000 Rial are $5 USD. And on the African island São Tomé, 50,000 dobras are just $3.47 USD. In Guinea, 10,000 Guinean francs are $2.33 in the U.S.

Suddenly the dollar-to-euro currency conversion doesn’t seem so bad.