CNY - Chinese Yuan Renminbi

The Chinese Yuan Renminbi is the currency of China. Our currency rankings show that the most popular Chinese Yuan Renminbi exchange rate is the CNY to USD rate. The currency code for Yuan Renminbi is CNY, and the currency symbol is ¥. Below, you'll find Chinese Yuan Renminbi rates and a currency converter. You can also subscribe to our currency newsletters with daily rates and analysis, read the Xe Currency Blog, or take CNY rates on the go with our Xe Currency Apps and website.

Early Currency in China
With a history of over 3000 years, Chinese currency existed in both Ancient and Imperial China. In 1914, the Silver Dollar was established as the official currency of the Republic of China, with copper, fen, and nickel coins being added in the 1930s. During this time silver appreciated in value, and China could no longer retain the silver standard. In 1935, a new currency known as Fǎbì, was issued.

Introduction of the Gold Yuan and Chinese Yuan Renminbi
The Gold Yuan replaced the Fǎbì in 1948 at a rate of 1 Gold Yuan to 3 million Yuan Fǎbì. That same year, the Yuan Renminbi (often called RMB) was introduced as a way to help stabilize the Communist held areas of mainland China. In 1955, a re-evaluation took place and a new Yuan Renminbi was introduced at a rate of 1 new Yuan to 10,000 old Yuan.

The Renminbi in Foreign Exchange
During the command economy, the Chinese Yuan Renminbi was set to unrealistic exchange values and as a result, severe currency guidelines were put in place. When China's economy opened in 1978, the Yuan Renminbi was only used domestically and foreigners used exchange certificates; this led to a powerful black market. From 1997 to 2005, the Chinese government pegged the Chinese Yuan Renminbi to the US Dollar at approximately 8.3 CNY to 1 USD. In 2005, a flexible mechanism of exchange rates was phased in, with the RMB being re-evaluated to 8.1 Renminbi per US dollar. The Chinese government launched a pilot program in 2009, allowing some businesses in Guangdong and Shanghai to execute business and trade transactions with counterparties in Hong Kong, Macau, and select nations. The program has since expanded to all areas of China and all international counterparties. China has also made agreements with Australia, Japan, Thailand, Russia, and Vietnam to allow for direct currency trade, instead of converting to the US Dollar. As a managed float, the Renminbi's value is determined by a basket of foreign currencies.

Chinese Yuan Renminbi Stats

NameChinese Yuan Renminbi
Symbol¥
Minor unit1/10 = Jiao
Minor unit symbol
Inflation1.60%
Top CNY conversionCNY to USD
Top CNY chartCNY to USD chart

Chinese Yuan Renminbi Profile

Nicknameskuài, Mao
CoinsFreq used: ¥1, 5角, 1角
Bank notesFreq used: ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50, ¥100, ¥1
Rarely used: ¥2, 2角, 5角, 1角
Central bankPeople's Bank of China
Users
China

Live Currency Rates

CurrencyRateChange
EUR / USD1.21735
GBP / EUR1.16408
USD / JPY109.447
GBP / USD1.41709
USD / CHF0.895045
USD / CAD1.20919
EUR / JPY133.235
AUD / USD0.775582

Central Bank Rates

CurrencyInterest Rate
JPY-0.10%
CHF-0.75%
EUR0.00%
USD0.25%
CAD0.25%
AUD0.10%
NZD0.25%
GBP0.10%