Albanian lek

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Country: AlbaniaAlbania Albania
Subdivision: no
ISO 4217 code : ALLES
Abbreviation: ALLES
Exchange rate :
(29 Mar 2020)

EUR  = 126 ALL
100 ALL = 0.79365 EUR

CHF  = 117.34 ALL
100 ALL = 0.85222 CHF

Issuer : Banka e Shqipërisë

The Lek ( Albanian indefinite, definite: Leku ; plural : Lekë or Lekët ) has been the currency of Albania since 1925 . In parlance, lek also means money in general .

Means of payment

100 lek note

The lek is not a freely convertible currency. The course is supported by the Banka e Shqipërisë against the euro remained relatively stable. Since the introduction of the euro, it has usually fluctuated between 120 and 140 Lek for one euro. As a means of payment are bank notes of 200, 500, 1000, issued in 2000 and 5000 Lek. The 100 Lek note was withdrawn from circulation on January 1, 2009. An coins exist today pieces of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 (two series) and 100 Lek. In addition to the lek, euros are also widely used as a means of payment in Albania.

A new series of banknotes has been gradually introduced since September 2019. The motifs remain the same in the new series, but the design and security features are renewed. The new 200-Lek-Noten is a plastic bank note made from polymer . A new note for 10,000 Lek is to be introduced in 2020.


Before Albania gained independence in 1912, the country was officially the Ottoman currency ( Akçe , Para and Kuruş ). Western gold coins , especially Italian lire and French francs, were also in circulation. The introduction of a separate Albanian currency was delayed due to various occupying governments during the First World War and a lack of state organization. Above all, the money from the Latin Monetary Union was used ; based on these, however, their own gold francs ( Albanian  Franga Ari ) were also put into circulation.

The introduction of the Lek is closely related to the establishment of the Central Bank of Albania . This was founded on September 2, 1925 by the Ahmet Zogu government in Rome , based on Law No. 356 of July 12, 1925. In the last few months of this year, the minting of the Lek coins and notes began immediately. At that time 1 lek was worth 0.2 gold francs.

In 1926 the second series of notes followed, which were described in Albanian as well as in Italian . The second series consisted of two variants that appeared in February and March 1926, respectively.

Between 1925 and 1939, the years of Ahmet Zogu's presidency and monarchy , four banknotes were in circulation, one of which was available in two versions. In 1940 the central bank printed a series of banknotes comprising small notes of 2, 5 and 10 lek. This monetary system lasted until the surrender of fascist Italy in September 1943, when the banking relationships between Italy and Albania dissolved. However, in order to counteract the shortage of paper money and rising inflation, the central bank of Albania put checks to the value of 20, 100, 200, 500, 2000 and 5000 Albanian francs in circulation on September 18 of the same year . On July 1, 1944, a second series of checks appeared, also from the central bank of Albania, with a value of 20 and 100 Albanian francs. All of these checks were in circulation in Albania until 1946.

Under the rule of the communists, the lek became the sole currency. The only fictitious link to the metal value was abandoned after 1945 and the increasingly issued paper money finally prevailed. Between 1947 and 1964, the People's Socialist Republic of Albania only had Lekë stamped.

In 1964 a currency reform was carried out, which consisted in removing a zero from the monetary value: 1 “new” lek was worth 10 “old” lek, so there was again Qindarka as change. What is special: Even today, Albanians usually still count in “old” lek ( alb . Lekë të vjetra ) and refer to a 10- denomination as 100 or a 5,000-note as 50,000. The same applies to the prices that are signposted in "new" Lek (alb. Lekë të reja ) but pronounced in old Lek.

After the fall of the dictatorship in 1990, the value of the lek quickly declined and the subunit Qindarka (singular: Qindar , more rarely written Quindar , from alb. Qind 'hundred') was abolished again. Today the one-lek piece is the smallest coin in circulation.


value Series 1992 Series 1996 Series 2007 Series 2019
colour Front. Back First edition Out of traffic colour Front. Back First edition Out of traffic colour Front. Back First edition Out of traffic Color / material Front. Back First edition
100 lek violet partisan Eagles, mountains 1994 December 31, 2010 purple Fan Noli houses of Parliament 1997 December 31, 2010 today as a coin
200 lek brown Ismail Qemali coat of arms 1992 December 31, 2010 brown Naim Frashëri Birthplace in Frashër 1997 in circulation brown / polymer Naim Frashëri Birthplace in Frashër September 30, 2019
500 lek blue Naim Frashëri Poem by Frashëri 1992 December 31, 2012 blue Ismail Qemali Building of the proclamation of independence 1997 in circulation blue Ismail Qemali Building of the proclamation of independence 2022Template: future / in 2 years
1000 lek green Skanderbeg Kruja Castle 1992 December 31 2013 green Pjetër Bogdani Vau-Deja Church 1997 in circulation green Pjetër Bogdani Vau-Deja Church 2020
2000 Lek - purple King Gentius Butrint Theater 2008 in circulation purple King Gentius Butrint Theater 2021
5000 lek - cute Skanderbeg Kruja Castle 1999 in circulation cute Skanderbeg Kruja Castle September 30, 2019
10,000 lek - ? Asdreni ? 2020


value presentation
1 lek pelican
5 lek Albanian eagle
10 lek Fortress of Berat
20 lek Liburnian
50 lek King Gentius
100 lek Queen Teuta

Web links

Commons : Albanian Coins and Banknotes  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. a b Coins in circulation. In: Banka e Shqipëris. Accessed May 5, 2019 .
  3. ^ A b Bank of Albania launches new banknote series. Press release. In: Banka e Shqipërisë . September 12, 2019, accessed on September 14, 2019 .
  4. a b c Kartmonedha shqiptare, historia nis me Zogun. Koha Jonë , October 8, 2007, archived from the original on March 3, 2012 ; Retrieved on May 16, 2012 (Albanian, The Albanian paper money, the story begins with Zogu).
  5. a b c Banknotes issued by the National Bank of Albania from 1926 to 1945. Banka e Shqipërisë, accessed on May 5, 2019 (English, banknote series of the Central Bank of Albania between 1926 and 1945).
  6. Helmut Kahnt, Bernd Knorr: Old dimensions, coins and weights. A lexicon. Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1986, licensed edition Mannheim / Vienna / Zurich 1987, ISBN 3-411-02148-9 , p. 375.
  7. Address by 2nd Deputy Governor Ahmetaj at the launching ceremony of the new Albanian banknote series. Press release. In: Banka e Shqipërisë . September 12, 2019, accessed on September 14, 2019 .