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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 versusthe Spanish conquistador forces. He is a national characterand 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 March 1, 2019, the lempira was quoted at 24.35 HNL to 1 USD.
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
The Bank of Honduras and the Banco Atlantida problem 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 cashin 1950, introducing 50 and 100 lempiras notes in 1950, followed by the 500-lempiras note in 1995.
In January, 2010, a fresh20-lempira note was introduced to market angry by a polymer base, 60 million notes were problem.
In celebration of the Bicentennial anniversary of Honduras´s independence, a fresh200 lempira bill was problem. It features 2 scarlet macaws, the national bird of honduras.
Banknotes in circulation are
|L1||Red||156 × 67 mm||Lempira||Copán|
|L2||Purple||Marco Aurelio Soto||Amapala|
|L5||Gray||Francisco Morazán||Fightof 'La Trinidad'|
|L10||Brown||José Trinidad Cabañas||Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras|
|L20||Green||Dionisio de Herrera||Presidential palace|
|L50||Blue||Juan Manuel Gálvez||Central Bank of Honduras|
|L100||Orange||José Cecilio del Valle||Casa Valle|
|L500||Violet||Ramón Rosa||San Juancito|
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