If you're moving to the U.S. from Australia, it's good
to have a working knowledge of the U.S. monetary system prior to your arrival.
We've created this handy guide to American currency to teach you the basics.
As you probably know, U.S. currency is based on the
dollar. The American dollar is roughly the same value as the Australian dollar, so trying to figure out exchange rates is relatively simple.
When you arrive in the U.S., you can have currency
exchanged at the airport. There are also businesses that will change currency,
and some banks also offer this service. You may be expected to pay a fee to
have your Australian dollars changed.
Paper currency is used for denominations of $1.00
and over. The picture of the first president of the United States, George
Washington, is included on the $1 note. Other common currency denominations
- $5.00 note, which shows President Abraham's Lincoln's face
- 10.00 note, which shows Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton;
note, which shows President Andrew Jackson;
- $50.00 note, which shows
President Ulysses S. Grant
- $100 note, which shows patriot Benjamin
There are also $2.00, $500.00, $1,000.00, $5,000.00, $10,000.00 and
$100,000.00 bills, but these are not widely in circulation.
Coin currency is used for denominations of $1.00 and
under. The current $1.00 coin is gold in color and shows Sacagawea on its heads
side. Additional coins include:
$.25 piece or "quarter" with
President George Washington;
$.10 piece or "dime" with President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt;
$.05 piece or "nickel" with President
$.01 piece of "penny" with President Abraham
An older dollar coin called the "silver dollar" and a $.50
piece or "half dollar" are also legal tender but are not widely in
For more information about moving to the U.S. or U.S.
culture, contact Chess Moving.