Currency Information on Cambodian Riel - KHR — Cambodian Riel - ៛
Named after the Mexican Real, used in Cambodia in the mid- nineteenth century, the second riel was introduced in 1980, before which Cambodia had had no monetary system since 1975, due to Khmer Rouge abolishing money upon gaining control of the country.
When the second riel was introduced, it was given to the populace as an incentive to use it, as there was no currency to replace. In Cambodia, both riel and USD are used, as is the Thai baht, in areas closer to the Thai border.
Coins are available in denominations of 50, 100, 200 and 500 riels, and frequently used banknotes include; 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10, 000 20,000 and 50,000 riels, whilst 50 and 100,000 riels notes are rarely seen or used.
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