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    Banknotes of Albania


    The lek (AlbanianLeku Shqiptar; plural lekë) (signLcodeALL) is the official currency of Albania. It is subdivided into 100 qindarka (singular qindarkë), although qindarka are no longer issued.

    In 1926, the National Bank of Albania (Banka Kombëtare e Shqipnis) introduced notes in denominations of 1, 5, 20 and 100 franka ari. In 1939, notes were issued denominated as 5 and 20 franga. These were followed in 1944 with notes for 2, 5 and 10 lek and 100 franga.
    In 1945, the People's Bank of Albania (Banka e Shtetit Shqiptar) issued overprints on National Bank notes for 10 lek, 20 and 100 franga. Regular notes were also issued in 1945 in denominations of 1, 5, 20, 100 and 500 franga. In 1947, the lek was adopted as the main denominations, with notes issued for 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 lekë.
    On 11 July 1997, a new series of banknotes dated 1996 was introduced. Notes of 2000 and 5000 lekë were added in 2008 and 1999 respectively, while 100 lekë notes were withdrawn in 2009.
    Notes dated 1996 were printd by De La Rue in the United Kingdom.




     

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