From the pound to the peso, the ruble to the lira - you may think the names of currencies have nothing in common.
A recent blog post from the Oxford Dictionaries website showed that many of the names the world uses for its money have similar origins.
Here''s a breakdown:
From the latin denarius - a Roman coin.
Named after the Joachimstal valley in the modern day Czechia where silver was mined. The silver became known as Joachimsthaler, later shortened to Thaler, Daler and so on.
From the Italian Fiorino - a gold coin from Florence which had a flower printed on it.
From the Latin Corona meaning 'crown'.
From the Latin Libra meaning 'pound'.
Translates directly into the English for 'weight'.
From the Latin Pondus meaning 'weight'.
From the Witwatersrand area around Johannesburg known for its gold deposits.
From the Latin Regalis meaning 'royal'.
From the Malay word meaning 'jagged' after the jagged edges of the old Spanish dollars.
A measure of weight for silver.
From the Sanskrit rupya which means 'wrought silver'.
Derives from the Chinese character 圓 meaning 'round' or 'round coin'.
The Polish for 'golden'.