Mauritius Currency and the Mauritian Rupee
Currency of Mauritius
Mauritius has its own unique currency, the Mauritian rupee. It consists of coins and notes.
The coins consist of 5 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 Rupee, 5 Rupees, 10 Rupees, 20 Rupees, and bank notes which consist of the following notes: 25 Rupees, 50 Rupees, 100 Rupees, 200 Rupees, 500 Rupees, 1000 Rupees, and 2000 Rupees notes (the last is quite rare).
All major Credit cards are accepted in Mauritius such as: American Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa. It is possible to withdraw money at any ATM using an international credit card.
It is to be noted that old ten Rupees note is no more in use in the country and it has been converted into a ten Rupees coin.
Valid passport is required for almost any transaction made in any of the banks, including: money withdrawals, money transfers, money exchange.
Mauritius Currency History:
The local rupee was established by law in 1876 as the local currency of Mauritius. Before the introduction of the Mauritian Rupees the currency of Mauritius was the Indian Rupees. The rupee was chosen due to the massive inflow of Indian rupees following the Indian immigration to Mauritius.
The local (Mauritian) rupee was introduced in 1877, replacing the Indian rupee, sterling and the Mauritian dollar, with the Mauritian rupee equal to one Indian rupee or half a Mauritian dollar.
Mauritius Bank Notes:
Mauritius Bank Notes consist of the following notes: 25 Rupees, 50 Rupees, 100 Rupees, 200 Rupees, 500 Rupees, 1000 Rupees, and 2000 Rupees notes.
The Portraits of Mauritius Bank Notes:
- Mauritius two thousands rupee banknote carries the portrait of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and of worker at the Sugarcane field
- Mauritius one thousand rupee banknote carries the portrait of Sir Gaetan Duval and of the State House
- Mauritius five hundreds rupee banknote carries the portrait of Mr Sookdeo Bissoondoyal and of the University of Mauritius
- Mauritius two hundreds rupee banknote carries the portrait of Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed and of the Port Louis central market
- Mauritius one hundred rupee banknote carries the portrait of Mr Renganaden Seeneevassen and of the Court House
- Mauritius twenty fifty banknote carries the portrait of Mr Joseph Maurice Paturau and of the Port Louis waterfront
- Mauritius twenty five rupee banknote carries the portrait of Sir Moilin Jean Ah-Chuen and of a traditional fisherman