Information about using cash and credit / debit cards in Egypt and up-to-the-minute Currency information for Egypt — PLUS our free "Traditional Egypt Currency Converter Card" with today's conversion rate. It's instant (you just print out and fold it in half), and it's convenient - credit-card sized so it's easy to slip in your wallet.
Go to the bottom of the page to see details of the coins and banknotes currently circulating.
Thomas Cook - near Luxor Temple - is another convenient place to withdraw cash or exchange travellers cheques.
Coins were seldom used in in 1961, when the Central Bank of Egypt took over from the National Bank of Egypt. A few years ago they introduced two new coins - the 50 Piaster coins picturing Cleopatra VII and the copper/nickle 1 Egyptian pound coins showing King Tutankhamun's Gold Funeral Mask - the equivalent banknotes will eventually be scrapped. The Egyptian pound coin, the highest denomination of coin, is worth less than 10 pence GBP) - but coins down to 5 Piasters (less than 0.5 pence GBP) remain legal currency.
Egyptian banknotes are bilingual. They usually have a picture of a mosque with Arabic script (and Eastern Arabic numerals) on the front and a picture of an ancient Egyptian building
with English script (and Hindu Arabic numerals) on the back.
Notes: EG£100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1
Coins: 50, 25, 20, 10, 5 Piastres
British currency (Sterling / GBP) is often accepted for cash payments.
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