Brasil Money and Brazil Currency
Since 1994, the Brazilian currency has been the Real, which is
pronounced, hay-AHL; and in its plural form, Reais,
pronounced - hay-eyes. The symbol for the currency of Brazil
is BRL or R$.
One real is made up of one hundred centavos - cents. There
are currently two different sets of coins in circulation. In 1994,
a set of coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and
50 centavos and R$1 -(one real), followed by a second series of
coins in 1998. This latter series are 1 and 5 centavos, 10, 25 and
50 centavos, - with a further R$1 coin from 2002.
While both series of coins are valid, the government has plans to
eventually remove the first series from circulation. This started
back in December 2003, when the first series of R$1 (real) coin
started to be withdrawn.
Owing to their relatively low value, the Brazilian Central Bank
has also discontinue production of the 1 centavo coins, although
they still remain valid. Brazilian traders will simply round up
prices to 5 centavo increments.
Coins are very similar in appearance and it can be difficult to tell
them apart unless you pay careful attention. Essentially, there are
two different types of coins; one type are all of silver and the
other consist of copper, bronze, silver and silver/gold. The
denomination for these are as follows:
R$0.01 coin - copper (discontinued)
R$0.05 coin - copper
R$0.10 coin - bronze
R$0.25 coin - bronze
R$0.50 coin - silver
R$1 (1 real)- coin, silver with brass border
Brasil banknote money
From 1994 to 2002, banknotes were introduced in denominations of
1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 reais, followed by 2 reais in 2001 and 20
reais respectively, in 2002.
In January, 2006, Brazil Central Bank discontinued production of
Brazil currencies of the 1 real banknote, although this currency
will remain valid up to 2025. The R$1 coin is therefore the only
remaining option for this denomination.
Although Brazil money in note form are all of the same size,
they are of different colours to help you distinguish between
them. These are in the amounts of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50
and 100 reais. Brasil currency in notes are as follows:
R$1 - green (discontinued)
R$2 - blue
R$5 - purple
R$10 - red (and a special edition blue)
R$20 - yellow
R$50 - orange
$100 - blue
You may come across the R$10 Brazil currency note in both
red and in blue, with the red Brazil money being the newest form.
The blue version was printed in 2000 to mark the
celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the
Portuguese explorer, Pedro Alvares Cabral in Brasil. These
blue notes are no longer being printed and are slowly coming
out of circulation, however, they still remain legal tender
as the Brazil banks replace them with the red notes.
Coins Banknotes and Special Releases
Brazil money has gone through much change, especially from 1998
to the present. Here's an image overview of Brasil money, centavo
coins, R$1, brazil banknotes and other special edition releases
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