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The Low Down on the American Currency

Currency:

US Dollar

Central Bank:

Federal Reserve Bank

Currency symbol:

$ (dollar)

Currency sub unit:

¢ (cent)

Nicknames:

greenback, buck, dough, green

Bank notes:

$1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

Coins:

1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1



The US dollar is one of the most dominant reserve currencies in the world and is also the main tender for several other countries or regions outside the United States, including the Caribbean, Ecuador and El Salvador.



Don’t be surprised to hear dollars being referred to as ‘bucks’ when you are out and about, this is a commonly used nickname! You may also hear 5 cent coins referred to as a ‘nickel’, a 10 cent coin as a ‘dime’ and a 25 cent coin as a ‘quarter’.



Tipping is standard practice across America and you will be expected to pay up to 15% on top of your meal – or even 20% for upmarket restaurants. Thankfully, portion sizes tend to be very generous indeed, so you’re unlikely to feel short-changed!

What to spend your dollars on

  • Smart gambling in Vegas

    1 USD

  • Grd Central Station to the Empire State Building

    5.50 USD

  • Catch an LA Lakers game (from)

    35 USD

  • IMAX at the L.A. Chinese Theatre

    19 USD

  • Sip fresh coffee at Central Park

    4 USD

How many dollars will I need?**

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Must-sees in the United States

New York
  • New York
  • This bustling metropolis is full of great landmarks. The Empire State Building, Broadway theatre district and Madison Square Garden are just three of them, begging to be explored!
New Orleans
  • New Orleans
  • A vibrant clash of American, Caribbean and French influences, New Orleans is especially known for its live blues and jazz music.
Miami
  • Miami
  • Miami features a unique blend of Hispanic and American culture that you won’t find anywhere else. Take it all in while you walk the famous South Beach.

Buying US dollars online is easy

Order American dollars online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy US Dollars Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • You can pay online using either BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®

*Rates are subject to change throughout the day.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

Prefer to Buy in Store?

Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your real for your trip to The United States of America.

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Travelling to the USA in the Future?

Travelling to the USA in the Future?

Track Rates and get notified when the US dollar matches your ideal rate so you can decide if it’s a good time to buy!

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USA Travel Guide

USA Travel Guide

Before you head off, check out our US Travel Guide which includes some not-to-miss highlights when you visit the United States of America!

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