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Algerian dinar
دينار جزائري (Arabic)
Old 200 dinar banknote.
Old 200 dinar banknote.
ISO 4217 Code DZD
User(s)  Algeria
Inflation 4.1%
Source The World Factbook, 2009 est.
Subunit
1/100 santeem (defunct)
Symbol دج (Arabic) or DA (Latin)
Coins
Freq. used 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 dinar
Rarely used 1, 2 dinar
Banknotes
Freq. used 200, 500, 1000 dinar
Rarely used 100 dinar (phase out)
Central bank Banque d'Algérie
Website www.bank-of-algeria.dz

The dinar (Arabic: دينار) (sign: د.ج or DA; code: DZD) is the currency of Algeria and it is subdivided into 100 santeem (سنتيم).

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Etymology

The name "dinar" is ultimately derived from the Roman denarius.

History

The dinar was introduced in 1964, replacing the Algerian new franc at par.

Coins

In 1964, coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 santeem, and 1 dinar were introduced, with the 1, 2 and 5 santeem struck in aluminium, the 10, 20 and 50 santeem in aluminium bronze and the 1 dinar in cupro-nickel. The obverses showed the emblem of Algeria, while the reverses carried the values in Eastern Arabic numerals. In later decades, coins were issued sporadically with various commemorative subjects. However, the 1 and 2 santeem were not struck again, whilst the 5, 10 and 20 santeem were last struck in the 1980s.

In 1992, a new series of coins was introduced consisting of ¼, ½, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dinar. The 10, 20, 50 and 100 dinar coins are bimetallic.

Coins in general circulation are 5 dinar and higher. Following the massive inflation which accompanied the slow transition to a more capitalist economy during the late 1990s, the santeem and fractional dinar coins have dropped out of general circulation, whilst the 1 and 2 dinar coins are rarely used, as prices are rounded to the nearest 5 dinar.[1] Nonetheless, prices are typically quoted in santeem in everyday speech; thus a price of 100 dinar is read as عشر الاف ("ten thousand").


Banknotes

The first series of dinar banknotes issued in 1964 consisted of 5, 10, 50 and 100 dinar denominations. In 1970 500 dinar notes were added, followed by 1000 dinar in 1992.

Third series
Image Value Main Colour Description Date of
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse printing issue
10 DA Green Diesel passenger train Mountain village 2 December 1983
20 DA Red Handcrafts and tower 2 January 1983
50 DA Green Shepherd with flock Farmers on a tractor 1 November 1977
100 DA Blue Village with minarets Man working with plants 1 November 1981

8 June 1982

200dzd2.jpg 200 DA Brown Place of the Martyrs, Algiers One of the various bridges of Constantine 23 March 1983
Fourth series
100 DA Blue Charging Arab horse riders with sabers in a seal, and Algerian navy in a battle Pre-colonial invasion: Battle of El Harrach (1775) victory of the Algerian horse riders over the invading Spanish. 21 May 1992 1996
200 DA Reddish Brown Decorative Koranic motifs and symbols, mosque, olive and fig branches Period Islam Introduced: Traditional Koranic school and Kalam
500 DA Violet and pink Romans fighting in a seal, a Roman tomb in Tipaza, a hot water fall in Hammam Debagh, Guelma Province (?) Numidian Period: Battle on elephants between Numidians and invading Romans 21 May 1992

10 June 1998

1996

2000

1000 DA Bistre purple Prehistory of Algeria: A buffalo, paintings at Tassili n'Ajjer More paintings from the Tassili, and the Hoggar (?) 21 May 1992

10 June 1998

1995

2000

For table standards, see the banknote specification table.

The 100 dinar note is being replaced by coins. 200, 500, and 1000 dinar notes are in circulation. The 1998 dated 500 and 1000 dinar notes have an additional vertical holographic strip on obverse.

Current DZD exchange rates
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