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What determines the choice of banknote denominations?

Obviously, the first factor is the numeral system used (base-10 means it will be easy to work with 1, 10, 100, etc. denominations). It seems like most of the world also issues 2 and 5 multiples of of the above denominations (2, 5, 20, 50, etc.). One exception I can think of is that USSR used to issue banknotes of 3 and 25 rubles.

Most currencies also have subunits. Why is this often the case and why is the unit usually divided in 100?


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