Will Travelex Buy my Leftover US Dollars?
Yes! All of our Travelex stores buy leftover USD currency notes, with the exception of old or damaged notes. Simply follow the steps below to sell your USD back to Travelex:
- Find your nearest Travelex store
- Visit and exchange your US dollars back to Australian dollars
- Leave with a little more AUD$ in your wallet!
What is your US Dollar Buy-Back Rate?
This changes daily due to fluctuating exchange rates, and differs at each Travelex store. Please contact your nearest Travelex store for the current USD buy-back rate.
The Low Down on the Australian Dollar
The fifth most-traded currency in the world, the Australian dollar is up there among the world’s most-popular. It is a commodity currency due to its extensive export of raw materials. This means that if the demand for these raw materials declines, so does the demand for Australian dollars.
Commonly written as AUD or A$ to distinguish it from other dollar currencies; the Australian dollar is also informally-known as the Aussie dollar. Up until February 1966, it was actually called the Australian pound in recognition of its British roots. In 1966 when decimalisation came in, a range of suggested names came in ranging from the original to the quirky; from the austral to the oz, the boomer to the emu, and even the roo to the kanga. In the end though, simplicity prevailed and the new name was decided as the Australian dollar.
Made from plastic (polymer), Australia’s bank notes produce the greatest security against counterfeiting. To add to this, the polymer material also prevents AUD notes from crumpling, tearing or being ruined by water damage - and have a lower environmental impact as they last longer!
Australia actually pioneered the modern polymer bank note back in 1988. More specifically it was the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO,) and The University of Melbourne who developed these durable Aussie notes.
The History of USD to AUD Exchange Rates
Back in 1966 when the Australian dollar was first introduced, it was actually fixed against the British pound at an equivalent value of one gram of gold. The peg was adjusted to US dollars on 9th September 1973 and set at A$1 to US$1.4875.
The Australian dollar was floated on 12th December 1983, which meant that its value could now fluctuate based on international money markets and supply and demand.
Record Highs and Lows against the US dollar
The following two decades saw the Australian dollar reach a high of 1 AUD to 0.881 USD in December of 1988, and a low of $0.477 in April 2001. By June 2008, it had risen significantly to $0.96, and continued to rise to $0.98 by the end of that same year.
On 15th October 2010, the US dollar rose higher than the Australian dollar for the first time since the AUD becoming a floating currency; trading a little above AUD$1 for a few seconds. That November, the US dollar actually traded above the Aussie dollar for several days and stayed around there well into 2011. On the 27th July the US dollar hit a record high against the Aussie, trading at $1.108.
The US dollar has been trading below the Aussie dollar since October of 2013, falling all the way to 0.69 in September of 2015.