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    new turkish lira

    by MrBill Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: As of January 1st, 2005, the old Turkish lira (TRL) has disappeared and was replaced by the new Turkish lira (TRY). They dropped six zeros off the end of a very cumbersome currency to make price comparisons and shopping infinitely easier.

    The old TRL went from 1.345.000 to the new TRY 1.3450 overnight. Since its introduction the new TRY has appreciated 5% to 1.2780 TRY to one USD (at time of writing).

    Fondest memory: I was able to take TRY out of the local bank automat. There are many solid Turkish banks with cash machines in N. Cyprus, and I was able to use my German bancard without any problems. If you are unsure about which Turkish bank is which, there is also an HSBC in the Old Nicosia main square.

    I also noticed that many shoppes and restaurants also accepted Cyprus pounds (CYP) as well as lira. The exchange rate for the dollar against the pound is 2.2630 at the moment. Therefore, the theoretical exchange rate of CYP/TRY is 2.8921 lira for one pound.

    not as many zeros as there used to be
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