The rial is the official currency of Iran, however to save time in a high-inflation economy prices are sometimes quoted in tomans. One toman is equal to ten rials. As a general guide, written prices are given in rials and prices quoted in conversation are in tomans. In conversation, 1 Chomejni denotes IR 10,000. Most travellers spend the first few days of their trip coming to grips with this mind-boggling system, and money changers on the border will often exploit this confusion to rip you off. Be careful, and if in doubt, always ask a shopkeeper or money changer if they are quoting a price in rials or tomans.
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