Bhutanese Ngultrum!

In 1974, the ngultrum was introduced, replacing the rupee at par. The ngultrum is equal in value to the Indian rupee. India was key in assisting the Bhutanese government as it developed its economy in the early 1960s. When the ngultrum was introduced, it retained the peg to the Indian rupee which the Bhutanese rupee had maintained. The ngultrum does not exchange independently with other nations' currencies but is interchangeable with the Indian rupee.



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On June 2, 1974, 1, 5 and 10 ngultrum notes were introduced by the Royal Government of Bhutan, followed by 2, 20, 50, and 100 ngultrums in 1978. On August 4, 1982, the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan Act was enacted, although the RMA didn't began actual operations until November 1, 1983, and did not issue its own family of notes until 1986. In 2006, the Monetary Authority introduced its latest series of notes, with denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 ngultrum.


In 1974, aluminium 5 and 10 cheltrum, aluminium-bronze 20 cheltrum and cupro-nickel 25 cheltrum and 1 ngultrum were introduced. The 5 cheltrum was square and the 10 cheltrum was scallop-shaped. A new coinage was introduced in 1979, consisting of bronze 5 and 10 cheltrum, and cupro-nickel 25 and 50 cheltrum and 1 ngultrum. Aluminium-bronze 25 cheltrum were also issued dated 1979. The 5 and 10 cheltrum have largely ceased circulating.



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