# How many zeros would it take to express 1 trillion Dollars as LIRA?

Lira (which I know are no longer in use, Italy went Euro, didn’t they?) always struck me as insane. It took what…a thousand lira to make a buck?

So what kind of numbers were they workin with when it came to millions, billions and trillions of dollars? And what are those numbers called, and did Italy really use them?

I gots ta know!

Italy do use the Euro.

The last exchange rate I saw had USD1 = ITL1,988.

US trillion: USD1,000,000,000,000 = ITL1,988,000,000,000,000

Non-US trillion: USD1,000,000,000,000,000,000 = ITL1,988,000,000,000,000,000,000

…and some information on terms:

http://www.jimloy.com/math/billion.htm

Thanks, Crusoe!

I know this is an old thread, but I just thought I’d point out that even though Italy no longer uses lire, Turkey does - and its exchange rate is even more absurd, being currently TRL1,664,864.30 = USD1 (Currency converter)

Silliness. Well, no not really.
I’d love it if the euro eventually becomes a credit.

1 million credits buys you a gram of gold.

I recently visited Slovenia (used to be part of Yugoslavia).

On checking out, I was informed that my hotel bill was…

136,000 tolars (the local currency) :eek:

Fortunately that is about £370 (approx \$500).

Phew.

Do they even make fractions of Turkish Lira? How would you get the .30? How do you write a check for, say, a house? “One trillion, four hundred nineteen billion, six hundred forty-seven million, nine hundred thousand and --------- [sup]00[/sup]/[sub]100[/sub] Turkish Lira”?