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South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands - Pound Sterling - Currency Guide


Foreign exchange guide to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the Pound Sterling (GBP)


USD/GBP Trend (90-day)

USDGBP at 0.7151 has fallen 0.8% below its 90-day average, range 0.7069-0.7305.
1D-0.7% 30DLOW
Alerts:1D-0.7% | 30DLOW |
Recent USD to GBP Trend + Alerts

The above interactive chart shows the USD/GBP Exchange Rate, Trends and Alerts - UP DOWN HIGH LOW

General Currency Info - Pound Sterling

The British pound (ISO: GBP) is one base unit of sterling – that being the name of Britain's currency – and is subdivided into 100 pence.

Contributing to around 13% of all foreign exchange deals, the pound, or sterling, is the world’s fourth most traded currency.

Reputedly, sterling is 1200 years old. It is said that Anglo-Saxon traders used silver pennies in the eighth century called ‘sterlings’, 240 of which would equal one pound in weight.

Due to its membership of the European Union, Britain could have adopted the euro as its currency upon its introduction in 1999, however the British government opted against this because it wanted to retain monetary policy independence and because it perceived euro adoption as offering only small economic benefits.

In recent years, the most significant event to affect sterling’s valuation was the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on June 24th 2016 – a day on which the exchange rate for GBP/USD fell by as much as 11%.

In the past two decades, the pound’s highest valuation against the dollar occurred in November 2007 when GBP/USD reached 2.1161. Its lowest value came in October 2016, three-and-a-half months after the historic ‘Brexit’ vote, when GBP/USD reached 1.1905.

The British are more focussed on their currency exchange rate than are the citizens of most other countries, along with perhaps the Australians and Canadians. This is may be due to the open and trading nature of the UK economy and also due to their love of travel to the nearby 'continent' and further afield.


GBP News, Forecasts and Trends


 GBP Markets

For more GBP currency market forecasts you can read the full article Pound Sterling Forecasts.

US dollar to Pound Sterling - Historical Rates

30 Apr 2021
1.2% ▼1 Week
07 Apr 2021
1.7% ▼30 Days
06 Feb 2021
1.8% ▼90 Days
07 May 2020
11.5% ▼1 Year
08 May 2016
3.1% ▲5 Years
10 May 2011
16.9% ▲10 Years

USD/GBP 10 year historic rates & change to 07-May-2021 : 0.7151


$10,000 USD
£7,151 GBP

Converted at USD/GBP interbank rate, compare Send Money and Currency Exchange exchange rates.

US dollar to Pound Sterling - Quick Convert

$ 1 £ 0.7151
$ 5 £ 3.5755
$ 10 £ 7.1510
$ 20 £ 14.30
$ 50 £ 35.76
$ 100 £ 71.51
$ 250 £ 178.78
$ 500 £ 357.55
$ 1,000 £ 715.10
$ 2,000 £ 1,430
$ 5,000 £ 3,576
$ 10,000 £ 7,151
$ 50,000 £ 35,755
$ 100,000 £ 71,510
More amounts
$ 1.3985 £ 1
$ 6.9925 £ 5
$ 13.99 £ 10
$ 27.97 £ 20
$ 69.93 £ 50
$ 139.85 £ 100
$ 349.63 £ 250
$ 699.25 £ 500
$ 1,399 £ 1,000
$ 2,797 £ 2,000
$ 6,993 £ 5,000
$ 13,985 £ 10,000
$ 69,925 £ 50,000
$ 139,850 £ 100,000
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Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands?

The domestic currency in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands is the Pound Sterling.

What is the Pound Sterling currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Pound Sterling is GBP — symbol is £.

Which countries use the Pound Sterling?

It is the domestic currency in    United Kingdom,   Guernsey,   Isle of Man,   Jersey and South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

Is the Pound Sterling a closed currency?

No, the Pound Sterling is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?


Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia is one of the most visited locations in Antarctica. It is spectacularly picturesque and is frequently described as being "The Alps in the mid-ocean". Over half the island is permanently glaciated, wildlife is abundant, approach by sea is usually straightforward and it is steeped in the history of Antarctic exploration and the stories and relics of Antarctic whalers and sealers.

The South Sandwich Islands on the other hand are isolated and are not often visited other than by survey ships on scientific excursions. The prevailing weather conditions usually make the approach difficult, they rise very steeply out of the sea and are subject to active volcanism. The only access to South Georgia or the South Sandwich Islands is by sea, there are no flights.There is a small gift shop at Grytviken which will accept Falkland pounds, British pounds, American dollars and Euros. Water is sold by the tonne. Most large ships visiting the islands will sell basic supplies (razors, shampoo, hats, snacks), but otherwise it is unlikely you will have any use for whatever money you bring with you. As a British territory with such a small population and being as remote as it is, English is spoken by everyone. Grytviken is the one place on South Georgia still occupied today by the scientists and crew of the British Antarctic Survey. The name Grytviken means 'Pot Cove' after the sealers trypots, used for recovering the blubber from seals which were found there. It is the best harbour on the island, being a bay within a bay.


Travel money for the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

Save money and time by Ordering your Pounds Sterling online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the GBP cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Pounds Sterling otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


Send Money to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands - Best Rates

To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

When sending money to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Pound Sterling amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted GBP amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

Use the above Send to Pounds Sterling calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Pounds Sterling deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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