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How to change USA dollars into sterling pounds

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are planning a trip to the United Kingdom from the United States you will need to change out your currency. In the United Kingdom, Sterling Pounds is the standard form of currency. It is also called "Pounds Sterling," "British Pounds Sterling," "Sterling" and the "British Pound." It is abbreviated as GBP or the symbol £. One Sterling Pound is made up of 100 pence. If you need to change your U.S. dollars to GBP, you have to look for a currency exchange counter to do it for you.

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  1. Go into your local bank and inquire if they can do a currency exchange for you. Some banks keep foreign currency, like Sterling Pounds, on hand and will be able to change your USA dollars for you. Some banks may have to place an order for the Sterling Pounds though and will not be able to change the currency for you on the spot.

  2. Visit a currency exchange kiosk or store in your local area. Often times you can find a currency exchange kiosk in malls, especially if there is an international airport nearby. There may also be stores that specialise in currency exchange, such as Travelex stores, in your local area. Use the Travelex Store Finder link on their website to look for stores in your area.

  3. Try a local AAA or travel agency for changing your USA dollars to British Sterling Pounds. Members of AAA get a discount on the exchange fees.

  4. Use an online currency calculator if you just need to change dollars into pounds for a calculation and not physical currency. Just enter in the amount of U.S. dollars that you want to convert and press the "Convert" button to see the result in Sterling Pounds. This rate fluctuates, so check back often for the latest conversion rate.

  5. Tip

    There is typically a fee to do a currency exchange that is added in to the exchange rate you are quoted.

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Jamie Lisse has been writing professionally since 1997. She has published works with a number of online and print publishers. Her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, travel, entertainment, digital media and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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