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Taiwan dollar (TWD)

This post on the “Taiwan dollar” was first published on 28th October 2019 and has been updated as of 23 August 2023.

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The Taiwan dollar is the official currency of Taiwan, as well as the territories under Taiwanese sovereignty of Pratas, Penghu, Matsu and Kinmen. Its ISO 4217 code is TWD and its symbol is $ or NT $. The Taiwanese dollar can also be known as the new Taiwanese dollar and is divided into 100 cents.

As of August 23, 2023, the equivalence of the Taiwanese dollar currency with respect to the euro is:

  • 1 euro = 34.55 Taiwan dollars.
  • 10 Taiwan dollars = 0.29 euros.

History of the Taiwan dollar

Taiwan is an island state 180 km East of China. Its surface may be small, but it has modern cities with traditional Chinese temples and outstanding tourist facilities.

Its capital Taipei is north of the island and has great nightly commercial activity. If you go to Taipei do not miss the Taipei 101, a 509 m high skyscraper in the shape of a bamboo stalk, with an impressive viewpoint at the top.

Taipei 101 as seen from another skyscraper (Taipei - Taiwan)

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Taipei 101 as seen from another skyscraper (Taipei – Taiwan)

In 1946, the national currency of the Republic of China was the silver dollar, but in an effort to stabilize regional finances, the Bank of Taiwan was authorized to issue the Taiwan dollar (now known as the old Taiwan dollar) to be used exclusively in its territory.

The new Taiwanese dollar we know today was first issued in June 1949. It replaced the old Taiwanese dollar at an exchange rate of 40,000 old dollars for a new dollar. The objective of this monetary reform was to end the hyperinflation suffered in Taiwan and China after the Chinese Civil War (1927-1949).

In July 1961, the Chinese Central Bank began operations in Taiwan, entrusting the Bank of Taiwan with the task of issuing banknotes. But the Taiwanese dollar was not recognized as official currency until January 2000, since, until then, it was assumed that the official currency in Taiwan was the Chinese yuan.

From that moment, the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Central Bank of the Republic of China) began issuing new Taiwan dollar bills that replaced the previous ones, which were withdrawn from circulation.

With the promulgation of the “Regulation governing the issuance of the new Taiwan dollar by the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)”, the new Taiwan dollar officially became the national currency in January 2000.

Finally, in July 2000, the Central Bank issued the new series of banknotes (the current one) with an inscription that cites the issuing bank as the “Central Bank” instead of the “Bank of Taiwan.”

New regulations were formulated (“Regulations governing the entrustment to the Bank of Taiwan of matters associated with the issuance of the new Taiwan dollar by the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and related matters continued to be entrusted to the Bank from Taiwan.

Taiwan dollar coins

The Taiwan dollar has coins of ½ dollar, 1 dollar, 5 dollars and 10 dollars of the issuance of the year 1981. Other higher value currencies such as 20 and 50 dollars have subsequent issues, of the years 2001 and 2002 respectively.

All Taiwanese coins have a circular shape and include on the obverse the year of minting according to the Minguo calendar.

Taiwanese dollar coins (from left to right starting at the top, coins of $ 0.5, $ 1, $ 5 and under $ 10, $ 10 and $ 20) (Source Central Bank web)

Taiwanese dollar coins (from left to right starting at the top, coins of $ 0.5, $ 1, $ 5 and under $ 10, $ 10 and $ 20) (Source Central Bank web)

Taiwan dollar banknotes

The Taiwan dollar banknotes currently in circulation are those issued in the fifth series of 1999.

They have the following denominations (in parentheses the equivalent value in euros in currency suppliers in Spain on August 23, 2023):

  • 100 TWD (2,66 euros)
  • 200 TWD (5,31 euros)
  • 500 TWD (13,28 euros)
  • 1000 TWD (26,60 euros)
  • 2000 TWD (53,10 euros)
Taiwan dollar banknotes

Taiwan dollar banknotes

100 Taiwanese dollar banknote

The 100 dollar bill is red. On the obverse it shows the portrait of Sun Yat-sen, politician, statesman and Chinese ideologist. He was the first president of the Republic of China and founder of the Kuomintang. He is considered the father of modern China.

On the back it shows the Chung-Shan building located in the Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei.

100 Taiwanese dollar banknote 100 TWD

100 Taiwanese dollar banknote 100 TWD

200 Taiwanese dollar banknote

The $ 200 is a greenback. The obverse shows the portrait of Chiag Kai-shek (Jiang Jieshi). This was a top Chinese military and statesman of the Republic of China founded in Nanjing in 1927. On the reverse you can see the Presidential Palace in Taipei.

200 Taiwanese dollar banknote 200 TWD

200 Taiwanese dollar banknote 200 TWD

500 Taiwanese dollar banknote

The 500-dollar banknote from Taiwan is brown. It shows an image of young people playing baseball on the obverse and a Sica deer on Mount Dabajian on the reverse.

500 Taiwanese dollar banknote 500 TWD

500 Taiwanese dollar banknote 500 TWD

1 000 Taiwanese dollar banknote

The $ 1000 is a blue banknote with an image of students on the front. On the reverse there is an image of Mount Yu Shan and the Pheasants of Mikado.

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1000 Taiwanese dollar banknote 1 000 TWD

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This 2000 TWD banknote is violet.

On the obverse, it shows the FORMOSAT-1 satellite placed in orbit in 1999 as an observation satellite for Earth, ionosphere and oceans. It is operated by the Office of the National Space Program of the Republic of China. On the reverse you can see Mount Nanhu and two Formosa salmons.

2000 Taiwanese dollar banknote 2 000 TWD

2000 Taiwanese dollar banknote 2 000 TWD

Euro to Taiwan dollar exchange rate

The euro to Taiwanese dollar exchange rate has remained stable since 2018 with little variation. In the last five years the maximum and minimum peaks have been 33.95 and 34.91 Taiwanese dollars per euro.

The data for August 23, 2023 is 34.55 Taiwanese dollars per euro.

Euro to Taiwan dollar exchange rate 23 Aug 2023

Euro to Taiwan dollar exchange rate 23 Aug 2023

But keep in mind that this graph represents the value of the Taiwanese dollar “currency” against the euro, and not that of the real currency, which is lower.

In fact, in the currency suppliers in Spain you can buy Taiwan dollars today at an exchange rate of around 29.18 TWD for each euro, in the best of cases (Cambiator), or at the poor exchange rate of 23 .50 dollars per euro at Spanish airports (Global Exchange supplier). Nothing to do with the euro to Taiwanese dollar currency exchange.

So, when you see these values ​​on Google and other currency converters with your mobile, you should keep in mind the following:

-It is an unofficial price, and therefore unreliable. That is, if you click on the “Disclaimer” link, you get this Google Finance warning: “Google cannot guarantee the accuracy of the exchange rates shown. Confirm the current rates before making a transaction that may be affected by changes in exchange rates. ”

-These rates you see are usually wholesale prices of the Taiwanese dollar currency versus the euro currency (currency and paper currency are not the same).

-This rate can only have the banks with each other, that is, it is impossible to get it as a private individual. It is what is known interbank exchange rate.

If you need Taiwan dollars in banknotes you will have to go through the retail banknote market (banks or foreign currency providers). This market means that the dollars have had to be “transported” by someone for you to enjoy them (or bought from travelers from Taiwan passing through Spain previously).

In other words, moving banknotes from one place to another has logistic costs that will make its selling price more expensive (the exchange rate that will be applied to you by the seller).

The Taiwanese dollar is a currency quite difficult to obtain in Spain. In any case, its rates are usually more expensive in Spain than in Taiwan. If you decide to buy TWD in Spain, it is good to anticipate the purchase and order them online to get a better rate.

Where to exchange Taiwanese dollars in Spain

High street banks, airports and currency exchange providers are the most common places to exchange Taiwanese dollars for euros or vice versa in Spain. Although it is advisable to avoid airports for charging abusive exchange margins (no matter how much they announce “no commission”).

Airports

Of them, the least recommended place to buy is the airport, since today they would give you, for example, about 23 dollars per euro compared to 29 for Cambiator.

Banks

For their part, none of the four large Spanish banks (Santander, BBVA, Caixa and Sabadell) market Taiwan dollars.

For its part, ING has an agreement with Global Exchange to send Taiwanese dollars to your home. And Evo with Exact Change to do the same. Neither of them charge you a commission, but since the bank takes a part of your change, the prices of Taiwanese dollars will not be so interesting for you. Check it yourself.

For example, ING and Global Exchange offer you today a change of 1 EUR = 28.86 TWD.

Expensive currency suppliers

For their part, exchange houses in Spain usually have good prices (except those in airports and AVE stations such as Global Exchange and Exact Change, which have very attractive exchange offices but do not give good rates).

Competitive currency suppliers

The six currency suppliers that collaborate with Cambiator do not charge you a commission and when competing with each other, you can always contract the supplier that best suits you (by price, convenience, proximity to you, trust, etc.).

If you change 1,000 euros to Taiwan dollars today, the difference between the most expensive option (23,596 dollars at the airport) and Cambiator (29,188 dollars) is today 5,592 Taiwan dollars, which at the exchange rate today in Spain would be about 148 euros.

Imagine the number of things you can do with an extra 148 euros in your pocket!

Taiwanese dollar euro rate today

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