The lempira is the currency of Honduras. It is subdivided into 100 centavos. The lempira was named after the 16th-century cacique Lempira, a ruler of the indigenous Lenca people, who is renowned in Honduran folklore for leading the (ultimately unsuccessful) local native resistance against the Spanish conquistador forces. Lempira is a national hero and is printed on both the 1 lempira note and the 20 and 50 centavos coins. 1931, coins were introduced in denominations of 5, 20 and 50 centavos and 1 lempira. 1, 2 and 10 centavos coins were added in 1935, 1939 and 1932 respectively. The silver 1 lempira coins ceased production in 1937, with the other silver coins (20 and 50 centavos) replaced by cupro-nickel in 1967.
The coins currently in circulation are 1 centavo – which is discontinued, 2 centavos – is also discontinued in 1990, 5 centavos, 10 centavos, 20 centavos and 50 centavos.
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