Having one of the "big currencies" (US-Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen) is of several advantages:
- Tourism: There is a huge amount of people who can directly use it (317*10^6 US citizens, 337*10^6 people in the Eurozone, 128*10^6 Japanese).
- Trade barriers: I guess trade might also get easier, at least for small companies.
- Reliability: Citizens and companies can probably trust more in the value being stable of those 3 currencies than smaller ones.
- Security: I'm not too sure about the Dollar / Yen, but Euro bank notes have quite a lot of security mechanisms which make the forgery of banknotes harder.
Especially for small countries, I would guess having one of those big currency would have the advantage of not having to pay for producing the bank notes / coins.
So why do contries like Seychelles (Seychellois rupee), São Tomé and Príncipe (São Tomé and Príncipe dobra), Cape Verde (Cape Verdean escudo) ... have their own currencies? Can you give one example which shows the effect if such a country took one of the big currencies?
Are countries not allowed to use another countries currency officially?