What currency is used in Vatican City?

While travelling through Europe, you will see a jigsaw of countries all bursting with their own unique culture and history. This is one of the best bonus’ in Europe, where a simple hour’s drive can take you to a completely different world. However, one of the downsides to this is with different countries, comes different currency. Although a number of places use the widespread euro (around 23 countries all together) some remain stubborn in their own unique dollar. Working out when you’ll need to head to the exchange shop before heading to the country is always safer, to avoid any blundering events.

So, what about the Vatican city? Vatican City, the world’s tiniest country in existence. Sitting right bang in the middle of Rome, the city is home to a rich culture, famous artwork, and of course the Pope!

Why Vatican City is independent from Italy?

Before the Kingdom of Italy gained control, Italy was run by the Papal States, also named the bishops of Rome, or more commonly known as the Popes. It reigns over the country from 754 CE until 1861 when the Kingdom of Italy started to turn papal territories. Soon the entire country was a part of this new regime, with the Pope running and hiding within the Vatican City’s walls. His refusal to claim the Kingdom of Italy as a country while complaining about his self-made imprisonment. Italy decided to wait him out, figuring he would give in, eventually. However, they did not predict the Christians stubbornness, with this stalemate lasting sixty years, with numerous Popes accepting this captivity. Finally, in 1929, the Prime Minister proposed an arrangement that transformed Vatican City into its own independent country, controlled by the Pope himself. The only compromise was that Vatican City had no say in any politic arguments or way.

What Currency is used in Vatican City?

Prior to 2002

The currency of Vatican City was once the official currency of the papal states, named ‘Lira’. This lasted between 1866 until 1870 after which it stopped existing.  During the arrangement by Italy and Vatican City in 1929, the contract stated that a separate currency was to be introduced, which was on a par with the Italian lira. However, Italian currency was a legal tender in Vatican City, with banknotes and coins allowed to be used. As well as the Vatican currency a legal tender in all of Italy.

After 2002

On January 1, 1999, Italy replaced their Italian lira with the euro, with the official case date being 2002. In 2000, Italy and Vatican City both signed a contract which allowed the Vatican to adopt the euro as its official currency as well. With the city making their own unique euro in 2002, by creating coins decorated with the Pope on the back. This makes travelling to Italy and the Vatican astonishingly easier as going in and out of each area won’t have you running to an exchange shop every minute.

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