CLP (Chilean Peso)

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DEFINITION of 'CLP (Chilean Peso)'

The currency abbreviation for the Chilean peso (CLP), the currency of Chile. The peso is often presented with the symbol $ and is made up of 100 centavos, even though there are no circulating centavo coins. Chilean peso banknotes are issued by the Banco Central de Chile.

BREAKING DOWN 'CLP (Chilean Peso)'

The "old" peso was used as currency in Chile between 1917 to 1959, when the escudo (CLE) came into use. The current (or new) Chilean peso was re-established on September 29, 1975, replacing the escudo at an exchange of 1:1000.

The Chilean people also refer to their currency by "luka" when refering to the 1,000 peso note, "quina" for the 500 peso coin,and "gamba" for the 100 peso coin.

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