Two new Albanian banknotes

Introduction of the 1,000 and 10,000 leke type 2019

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Today, the Bank of Albania will put into circulation two new banknotes of 1,000 leke type 2019 (Pick # 78) and 10,000 leke type 2019 (Pick # 81). These two notes are part of a new range, the launch of which began in 2019 and will continue until 2022 (1). The new series of banknotes consists of six banknotes of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 leke. The first five banknotes, which have already been issued several times between 1996 and 2015, are subject to a further overhaul with the addition of new security features, making them safer against counterfeiting. Finally, the growing demand for liquidity linked in part to the sustained development of the Albanian economy, sees the arrival of an unprecedented 10,000 leke banknote which thus becomes today the highest denomination in circulation in Albania.



Presentation of the 1,000 leke type 2019

The 1,000 leke banknote was first issued in 1996 (Pick # 65), then in 2001 (Pick # 69) and a third time in 2007 (Pick # 73). So this is the fourth redesign for this Albanian note, whose design has been refreshed. The banknote however retains its original composition but incorporates the new security features of the new series: color change when the banknote is viewed from different angles, geometric and tactile elements to help blind people distinguish denominations, a shadow image (from face value of the note) which is visible when the surface of the note is held horizontally against a light source and microtext.

Card description

Albania. Bank of Albania (Banka e Shqiperise). 2019-2022 Issues. 1,000 leke type 2019. Date of introduction: June 30, 2021. Dimensions: 151 x 72 mm (to be confirmed). Watermark: Unknown. Material: Polymer (Safeguard). Outline of Bank of Albania building in OVI. Coat of arms as registration device. Blazing sun in OVI. Solid security thread. Printer: De La Rue, London. Multicolored front and back printing, predominantly green. Description of the front: Texts in Albanian: "BANKA E SHQIPËRISË", "NJË MIJË LEKË" and "PJETËR BOGDANI". On the left, a portrait of the Albanian writer Pjetër Bogdani (1625-1689). Description of the back: Prefix and vertical and horizontal numbering in black and red. Catholic Church of "Vau i Dejës". Astronomical drawing by Bogdani of the lunar eclipse. Coat of arms of Albania. Texts in Albanian. A combination of signatures with the Governor, Gent Sejko and the Director, Virjon Lalollari.

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Presentation of the 10,000 leke type 2019

The 10,000 leke banknote is the novelty of this series. The main themes are the symbol of the flag and the national anthem, accompanied by a portrait of the distinguished poet of the Albanian National Renaissance and author of "The Hymn to the Flag", Aleksandër Stavre Drenova, commonly known as the '"Asdreni". The note has the same security features as the 1,000 leke with an additional vertical holographic stripe.

Card description

Albania. Bank of Albania (Banka e Shqiperise). 2019-2022 Issues. 10,000 leke type 2019. Date of introduction: June 30, 2021. Dimensions: (to be confirmed). Watermark: Unknown. Material: Polymer (Safeguard). Outline of Bank of Albania building in OVI. Coat of arms as registration device. Open book in OVI. Solid security thread. Printer: De La Rue, London. Multicolored front and back printing, predominantly red and orange. Description of the front: Texts in Albanian: "BANKA E SHQIPËRISË", "DHJETË MIJË LEKË" and "ASDRENI". On the left, a portrait of the Albanian poet Aleksandër Stavre Drenova known as “Asdreni” (1872-1947). Holographic stripe on the left composed of the portrait of the poet, a feather and the coat of arms of Albania. Description of the back: Prefix and vertical and horizontal numbering in black and red. In the center, the Albanian flag fluttering in the wind and an excerpt from the national anthem: “About the flag united by one wish and one goal”. Coat of arms of Albania. Texts in Albanian. A combination of signatures with the Governor, Gent Sejko and the Director, Virjon Lalollari.

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Notes

(1) The 200 leke and 5,000 leke banknotes were introduced on September 30, 2019. The 1,000 leke and 10,000 leke banknotes will therefore be in circulation as of this day, June 30, 2021. The last two 500 banknotes leke and 2,000 leke are expected to be put into circulation from the fourth quarter of 2021 or at the latest during the first quarter of 2022.

Information: all banknotes issued in Albania between 1926 and 2021 have been available in the Numizon catalog since early July 2021!


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