Honduran lempira

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Honduran lempira
lempira hondureño (Spanish)
ISO 4217
CodeHNL (numeric:340)
Subunit 0.01
Symbol L
BanknotesL1, L2, L5, L10, L20, L50, L100, L200, L500
Coins5, 10, 20, 50 centavos
User(s)Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras
Central bank Central Bank of Honduras
Website www.bch.hn
Printer Polish Security Printing Works  [ pl ] [1]
Website Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych
Inflation 7.7%
SourceCentral Bank of Honduras, June 2011.

The lempira ( /lɛmˈpɪrə/ , sign: L, ISO 4217 code: HNL;Spanish pronunciation:  [lemˈpiɾa] ) is the currency of Honduras. It is subdivided into 100 centavos. [2]



The lempira was named after the 16th-century cacique Lempira, a ruler of the indigenous Lenca people, who is renowned in Honduran folklore for leading the local native resistance against the Spanish conquistador forces. He is a national hero and is honored on both the 1 lempira note and the 20 and 50 centavos coins.


The lempira was introduced in 1931, replacing the peso at par. In the late 1980s, the exchange rate was two lempiras to the United States dollar (the 20-centavos coin is called a daime as it was worth the same as a U.S. dime). As of April 4, 2022, the lempira was quoted at 24.40 HNL to US$1. [3]


5 centavos coin minted in 1989 HND002.JPG
5 centavos coin minted in 1989

In 1931, coins were introduced in denominations of 5, 20 & 50 centavos, and 1 lempira. One, 2 and 10 centavos coins were added in 1935, 1939 and 1932, respectively. The silver 1 lempira coins ceased production in 1937, with the other silver coins (20 & 50 centavos) replaced by cupro-nickel in 1967. The 1 and 2 centavos coins were last minted in 1998 and 1974, respectively.

Coins currently in circulation are [4] [5]


The Bank of Honduras and the Banco Atlantida issued the first lempira banknotes in 1932. They were in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 lempiras. The Central Bank of Honduras took over production of paper money in 1950, introducing 50 and 100 lempiras notes in 1950, followed by the 500-lempiras note in 1995.

In January, 2010, a new 20-lempira note was introduced to market made by a polymer base, 60 million notes were issued. [6]

In celebration of the Bicentennial anniversary of Honduras's independence, a new 200 lempira bill was issued. [7] It features 2 scarlet macaws, the national bird of Honduras. [8]

Banknotes in circulation are [9] [5]

1Lempira.jpg L1Red156 × 67 mm Lempira Copán
2Lempira.jpg L2Purple Marco Aurelio Soto Amapala
5Lempira.jpg L5Gray Francisco Morazán Battle of La Trinidad
10Lempira.jpg L10Brown José Trinidad Cabañas Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
20Lempira.jpg L20Green Dionisio de Herrera Presidential palace
L50Blue Juan Manuel Gálvez Central Bank of Honduras
100Lempira.jpg L100Orange José Cecilio del Valle Casa Valle
200 lempira bill.png L200Turquoise 2 Scarlet Macaws Banco Central de Honduras
L500Violet Ramón Rosa San Juancito

Exchange rates

Current HNL exchange rates

See also

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