The Haitian Gourde is the common currency of Haiti. Its ISO code is HTG and there is also an official abbreviation which is Gde. The symbol for the Haitian Gourde is G.
A gourde is divided into 100 centimes and is available in several denominations, namely in 5, 10, 20, 50 centimes and 1 and 5 gourdes in coin form, and also as bank notes for 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, and 1000 Gourdes.
History of the Haitian currency
Gourde is the French word for pumpkin and the first gourde was introduced to Haiti in 1813. At the same time, the previously common livre was replaced. 1 gourde was equivalent to 8 livre and 5 sous. At that time there were different banknotes with a value of 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 24, 25, 48 and 100 Gourde.
The second gourde was introduced in 1870. This was in a ratio of 10: 1 to the first gourde. Only notes of 10 and 25 Gourde were put into circulation. But just two years later, in 1872, the Haitian currency had to be revalued again. The third gourde was introduced in a ratio of 300: 1.
In the first few years only banknotes were used and it even got to the point that the name Piastre was used instead of the name Gourde. In 1881 a gourde was worth 5 French francs, and the coins were reintroduced. A few decades later, in 1912, one US dollar was worth five gourdes. It has now become ingrained in people’s minds that five gourdes is “one Haitian dollar”.
Exchange for Haitian Gourde
The rate at which the Gourde can be exchanged in Germany can usually be determined using the currency converter. Interested persons or future visitors to Haiti can view current exchange rates as well as the value of a selected euro amount here.
Every traveler or tourist usually asks the same question before going into the Uraub. Would you prefer to change your money in Germany or only when you arrive at your destination? It is usually the case that you get a better exchange rate at your travel destination than in Germany. Haiti is no exception.