Saint Beñat and Argiñe lira
San Beñat eta Argiñeren lira
11359 dw
Assortment of coins and banknotes


Saint Beñat and Argiñe


1829 CE

Controlling Agency

Ibarrasque Economy Department


-0.1 %

ISO 4217


The Saint Beñat and Argiñe lira (Basque: San Beñat eta Argiñeren lira) is the currency of Saint Beñat and Argiñe. The symbol that represents the lira is officially “SBA£”, but simply “£” is used most commonly. The currency was created in 1829 to better facilitate trade and to replace the previous system of using rare metals.

From its introduction in 1829 to 1950, the Saint Beñat and Argiñe lira was pegged to the value of the Arveyran lira, averaging at an equivalency of 1.00 HPL = 1.70 AVL. Since the Currency Reform Act of 1950, the lira has been pegged to the value of a currency basket (XHP) consisting of the Arveyran lira, Aloian dollar, and Duresian franc at an exchange rate of approximately 1.00 HPL = 1.50 XHP.

The currency is divided into seven banknotes (in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500£ denominations) and five coins (in 0.10, 0.20, 0.50, 1.00, and 5.00£ values). Until 1950, a 0.05£ coin was minted, but production was ceased due to manufacturing costs.

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