Cuba currency (Pictures of Cuban money). Information and pictures of all currencies in Cuba

There is a big confusion for a traveller relative to the several currencies that are used in Cuba. In this page we will try to clarify this issue. Until recently there were up to four currencies circulating in Cuba, but not any more. I said "up to four" because the last incorporation to this monetary mixture was the Euro, but was accepted only in limited touristic areas like Varadero.

Recently (November 8/2004) the Cuban authorities eliminated the circulation of dollars and any other "convertible currency" in all the country. You could see more details of this news at: http://www.cubaxp.com/modules/news/article-211.html. Additionally the Cuban Central Bank (BCC) resolution 80/2004, establishes that from November 8/2004 onward, the exchange of US dollars for Convertible Pesos will bear a 10 per cent tax. The measure is applied to nationals and foreign visitors in stores, hotels, bars, cafeterias, taxis, rent-a-car companies and any other business that presently accepts cash payments in US dollars.

The implication for all the tourist arriving or planning to visit Cuba in the future are: You could not longer use US Dollars or any other foreign currency in Cuba, and if you bring dollars a tax of 10% will be applied to you at the exchange of them for Cuban Convertible Pesos (this tax will not be applied to other currencies). So my strong recommendation is to bring Euros, UK Pounds or Canadian Dollars. You will change them while in Cuba, without the tax that will be applied to US dollar exchange. Additionally you will be able to exchange back the remainin Convertible Pesos at the end of your travel.

The currencies currently accepted in Cuba are:

  • Cuban Convertible Peso
  • Cuban Peso

United States Dollar: Not longer accepted in Cuba

Well what we will need to explain here? Everyone knows the "green money". USD were fully accepted everywhere in Cuba, but not any more.

Cuban Convertible Peso:

There are a some scams and cheats in the streets based in the ignorance of the common traveller of the differences between the Convertible and Not Convertible pesos. In the following tables you will see all denominations currently in circulation of the Convertible Peso, and its fractional units (coins).

Bills:

These are easy to difererence. All Convertible Pesos have the phrase "convertible pesos" both in the front, and the back, click in the images to see the bills in detail.

Value
Front
Back
$1
Cuban convertible peso
Cuban convertible peso
$3
Cuban convertible peso
Cuban convertible peso
$5
$10
Cuban convertible peso
Cuban convertible peso
$20
Cuban convertible peso
$50
Cuban convertible peso
$100
Cuban convertible peso
Cuban convertible peso

 

Coins:

These are a problem, there are not any specific disctintion of the convertible from the not convertible coins, the main difference are that all convertible coins have a representation of different touristic/historic places of Cuba. The not convertible ones have instead an image of some Cuban patriot/historical personality in the front.

Value/ Front View
5c
10c
25c
50c
1$
Cuban convertible coin
Cuban convertible coin
Cuban convertible coin
Cuban convertible coin
Cuban convertible coin
Casa Colonial
Castillo de
La Fuerza
Trinidad
Catedral de la Habana
Guama

 

Cuban Pesos:

The rate of change of the Cuban Peso with the USD or the Convertible Peso is of 1/26 (October/2002). There are different emisions of the bills, we will show only the latest version because currently are the most used. You will only need pesos to access to a limited number of products/services: Take a public transportation (guaguas), buying market food (vegetables and fruits), perhaps some juice or a pizza in the streets.

Value
Front
Back
$1
Cuban peso
Cuban peso
$3
Cuban peso
Cuban peso
$5
Cuban peso
Cuban peso
$10
Cuban peso
Cuban peso
$20
Cuban peso
Cuban peso
$50
Cuban peso
Cuban peso
$100
Cuban peso
Cuban peso