Saturday, November 22, 2014

Moldovan bani (money)

Moldovan money: Singularly it's a leu (pronounced LOO), but pluraly they're lei (LAY). They come in increments of 500 (the highest i've seen), 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Their hero and logest running king of Moldova, Ștefan Cel Mare, is who's pictured on all of their lei. The current exchange rate between Moldova and The States is 1 dollar = 15 lei. It's a record low for Moldova. When i first arrived in Moldova it was 1 dollar = 14 lei, which was a record low for Moldova at the time. The coins are called bani (BAHN) and are pretty much worthless. The increments are 50, 25, 10, and 5. Most places won't charge bani for things. Like, if something costs 5,50 (they use commas instead of decimal points for money), they'll usually just charge 5 lei and drop the 50 bani. Or if they owe change to you after buying something, like if they owe you 5,50, they'll give you 5 lei and a piece of candy or matches or whatever to make up for the bani they owe you.

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