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Here's how the world's currencies got their names

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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:

Dinar

From the latin denarius - a Roman coin.

Dollar

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. 

Forint

From the Italian Fiorino - a gold coin from Florence which had a flower printed on it.

Krona/Krone/Koruna

From the Latin Corona meaning 'crown'.

Lira

From the Latin Libra meaning 'pound'.

Peso

Translates directly into the English for 'weight'.

Pound

From the Latin Pondus meaning 'weight'.

Rand

From the Witwatersrand area around Johannesburg known for its gold deposits.

Real/Rial/Riyal

From the Latin Regalis meaning 'royal'.

Ringgit

From the Malay word meaning 'jagged' after the jagged edges of the old Spanish dollars.

Ruble

A measure of weight for silver.

Rupee/Rupiah

From the Sanskrit rupya which means 'wrought silver'.

Yuan/Yen/Won

Derives from the Chinese character 圓 meaning 'round' or 'round coin'.

Zloty

The Polish for 'golden'.

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