This directory focuses on place-based, paper currencies that are convertible with other currencies and that are issued by democratically structured, non-profit organizations. These currencies circulate parallel to national ones as a way of uniquely supporting local economies. There are variations, of course;  some work with a local bank or banks, and some include a digital component.

The directory consists of 230 physical local currencies, and 70 other local currency programs. It is as comprehensive as possible, but inevitably leaves out some currency programs, particularly those that do not use convertible, physical notes.

Click on a region for detailed list, or explore the map to find individual programs with links to their websites.

Africa

Asia

Europe

Oceania

North America

South America

Additional currency types including Mutual Credit, LETS, Barter, Time Banks and others are listed separately.

If you know of any programs that are not referenced here, please fill out this form.

Blue location tags indicate a local, convertible currency as defined above; red  location tags indicate other forms of local currency such as mutual credit or barter systems.


Last Updated August 14, 2019