The Catalog Updated

Official country name: Republic of Albania

The official currency of Albania is the Lek (ALL). The currency symbol for the Lek is L. The lek is divided into 100 qindarka; however, the qindarka is no longer produced. In 1947 the Lek was chosen as the main denomination. So far, four editions of the Lek have been printed by Albania.

1 Lek = 100 Qindarka; ISO code = ALL 008

19th October 2020, 1 USD = 106.33 leke; 1 Euro = 123.67 leke

Current and Specimen Banknotes

  • 200 Leke
  • 500 Leke
  • 1000 Leke
  • 2000 Leke
  • 5000 Leke

200 Leke (US$1.88; €1.62) Color: Brown Dimensions: 138 x 69 mm

Front: Portrait of Naim Frashëri (1846-1900), one of the most distinguished writers of the Albanian Renaissance; an open book in the background.
Back: View of the house where Naim Frashëri was born; a page with verses from his poem "Herds and crops"; a stylised image of his pen.
Security thread: Windowed with demetalized 200.

           

P-63s; B-313as1; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizontal red # overprint at lower left; serial number FA 000000.

           

P-NL; B-313as2 Diagonal red S P E C I M E N overprint on front; normal serial numbers; perforations

           

P-63a; B-313a Date: 1996 (Intro 11.07.1997) with 1.3-mm wide security thread. Watermark: Naim Frasheri Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Kristaq Luniku (Governor) / Palok Kolnikaj (Director)

           

P-NL; B-313bs; Vertical SPECIMEN perforation; horizontal red # overprint at lower right; serial number NA 000000.

           

P-67; B-313b Date: 2001 (Intro 08.04.2002) with 1.3-mm wide security thread. Watermark: Naim Frasheri Printer: FCOF
Signatures: Shkëlqim Cani (Governor) / Palok Kolnikaj (Director)

           

P-NL; B-NL Date: 2007; Diagonal red SPECIMEN ovpt on front/back; horizontal red # ovpt at lower left; two red DE LA RUE ovpt on front/back;
serial number CE 000000.

           

P-NL; B-313cs Date: 2007; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizontal red # overprint at lower left; serial number CE 000000.

           

P-71a; B-313c Date: 2007 (Intro 20.07.2009) with 1.5-mm wide security thread Watermark: Cornerstones added Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Valer Miho (Director)

           

P-71b; B-313d Date: 2012 (Intro 12.09.2013) with 2.0-mm wide security thread Watermark: Cornerstones added Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Dorian Çollaku (Director)

500 Leke (US$4.70; €4.04) Color:  Blue Dimensions: 145 x 68 mm

Front: Portrait of Ismail Qemal Bej Vlora (1844-1919), a prominent leader of the Albanian national movement and first Prime Minister of independent Albania; double-headed eagle of the independence flag; a stylised image of the pen with which the Independence Act was signed.
Back: View of the building where the Provisional Government of Vlora worked, today the National Museum of Independence; a stylised image of the room where the decision to declare Albania’s independence was made and of the telegraph with the news.
Security thread: Windowed with demetalized 500.

           

P-64s; B-314a1; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizontal red # overprint at lower left; serial number DA 000000.

           

P-NL; B-314as2; Diagonal red S P E C I M E N overprint on front; normal serial numbers; perforations.

           

P-64a; B-314a Date: 1996 (Intro 11.07.1997) with 1.3-mm wide security thread. Watermark: Ismail Qemali Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Kristaq Luniku (Governor) / Palok Kolnikaj (Director)

           

P-68; B-317as Vertical SPECIMEN perforation; horizontal red # overprint at lower right; serial number UA 000000.

           

P-68; B-317a Date: 2001 (Intro 08.04.2002) with1.3-mm wide security thread. Watermark: Ismail Qemali Printer: FCOF
Signatures: Shkëlqim Cani (Governor) / Palok Kolnikaj (Director)

           

P-NL; B-NL Date: 2007; Diagonal red SPECIMEN ovpt on front/back; horizon. red SPECIMEN NO # ovpt at lower right;
two red DE LA RUE ovpt on front/back; serial number GJ 000000.

           

P-NL; B-317bs; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizon. red SPECIMEN NO # ovpt at lower right; serial number GJ 000000.

           

P-72a; B-317b Date: 2007 (Intro 16.02.2009) with 1.5-mm wide security thread.Watermark: Cornerstones added Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Valer Miho (Director)

           

P-72b; B-317c Date: 2015 (Intro 07.02.2018) with 2.0-mm wide  security thread. Watermark: Cornerstones added Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Gent Sejko (Governor) / Stefan Sevo (Director)

1 000 Leke (US$9.41; €8.09) Color:  Green Dimensions: 151 x 72 mm

Front: Portrait of Pjetër Bogdani (1625-1689), a writer, clergyman and distinguished figure of old Albanian literature, taken from the frontispiece of his work "Çeta e profetëve" (Cuneus prophetarum), and a symbol of the sun used in this work.
Back: Bogdani’s vision of the heliocentric system; Catholic Church in Vau i Dejës.
Security thread: Windowed with demetalized 1000.
Watermark: Pjeter Bogdani Printer: FCOF

           

P-NL; B-315as1; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizontal red # overprint at lower left; serial number BA 000000.

          

P-NL; B-315as2; Diagonal red S P E C I M E N overprint on front; normal serial numbers; perforations.

           

P-65a; B-315a Date: 1996 (Intro 11.07.1997) with 1.3-mm wide security thread. Watermark: Pjeter Bogdani Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Kristaq Luniku (Governor) / Palok Kolnikaj (Director)

           

P-NL; B-318as; Vertical SPECIMEN perforation; horizontal red # overprint at lower right; serial number EA 000000.

           

P-69; B-318a Date: 2001 (Intro 08.04.2002) with 1.3-mm wide security thread. Watermark: Pjeter Bogdani Printer: FCOF
Signatures: Shkëlqim Cani (Governor) / Palok Kolnikaj (Director)

           

P-NL; B-NL; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizontal red  # overprint at lower left; two red DE LA RUE ovpt on front/back;
serial number IP 000000.

           

P-NL; B-318bs; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizontal red  # overprint at lower left; serial number IP 000000.

           

P-73a; B-318b Date: 2007 (Intro 14.11.2008) with 1.5-mm wide security thread Watermark: Cornerstones added Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Valer Miho (Director)

           

P-73b; B-318c Date: 2011 with 2.0-mm wide security thread Watermark: Cornerstones added Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Dorian Çollaku (Director)

2 000 Leke (US$18.81; €16.17)  Color: Purple Dimensions: 155 x 72 mm

Front: Portrait of King Gent of Illyria (181-168 BC). He is known as a statesman, a warrior, and a scientist in medicine. Also, he enriched the treasury and had bronze coins minted with his name.
Back: Elements of antiquity architecture found in Albania; Gentiana lutea - a medicinal herb, whose healing properties were discovered by King Gent; stylized detail of a Liburnian ship.
Security thread: Hologram. Windowed with demetalized 2000.
Watermark: Gentius and Cornerstones Printer: TDLR

            

P-NL; B-320as; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizon. red SPECIMEN NO # ovpt at lower right; serial number ZA 000000.

            

P-74a; B-320a Date: 2007 (Intro 29.12.2008) with 1.5-mm wide security thread Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Valer Miho (Director)

            

P-74b; B-320b Date: 2012 (Intro 12.09.2013) with 3.0-mm wide security thread Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Dorian Çollaku (Director)

5 000 Leke (US$47.03; €40.43) Color: Brown and yellow Dimensions: 160 x 72 mm

Front: Portrait of Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg, (1405-1468), a national hero - the most outstanding representative of the Albanian history, who led the Albanians against the Ottoman invaders. Other elements include the double-headed eagle, and Skanderbeg's shield and sword.
Back: View of Kruja Castle, Skanderbeg's helmet and equestrian statue in Tirana.
Security thread:
Windowed with demetalized 5000.

           

P-66s; B-316as Date: 1996; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizontal red # overprint at lower left; serial number AB 000000.

           

P-66a; B-316a Date: 1996 (Intro 01.01.1999) with 1.3-mm wide windowed security thread. Watermark: Skenderbeu Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Kristaq Luniku (Governor) / Palok Kolnikaj (Director).

   

P-NL; B-319as Date: 2001; Vertical SPECIMEN perforation; horizontal red # overprint at lower right; serial number PA 000000.

           

P-70; B-319a Date: 2001 (Intro 01.09.2004) with 1.3-mm wide windowed security thread Watermark: Skenderbeu Printer: FCOF
Signatures: Shkëlqim Cani (Governor) / Palok Kolnikaj (Director)

         

P-NL; B-NL Date: 2007; Diagonal red SPECIMEN ovpt on front/back; horizontal red # ovpt at lower left; two red DE LA RUE ovpt on front/back;
serial number AE 000000.

           

P-NL; B-321as Date: 2007; Diagonal red SPECIMEN overprint on front/back; horizontal red # overprint at lower left; serial number AE 000000.

           

P-75a; B-321a Date: 2007 (Intro 15.05.2009) with 1.5-mm wide windowed security thread Watermark: Cornerstones added Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Valer Miho (Director)

           

P-75b; B-321b Date: 2013 (Intro 09.07.2014) with 3.0-mm wide windowed security thread Watermark: Cornerstones added Printer: TDLR
Signatures: Ardian Fullani (Governor) / Dorian Çollaku (Director)

New Series

Read the article of printer ‘De La Rue‘.

  • 200 Lekë
  • 500 Lekë
  • 1000 Lekë
  • 2000 Lekë
  • 5000 Lekë
  • 10000 Lekë

200 Leke (US$1.88; €1.62) Color: Brown Dimensions: 125 x 65 mm Polymer: Safeguard®

           

P-NL; B-322as; serial number AA 0000000.

           

P-NL; B-322a; serial # Prefix AA.

Front: Portrait of Naim Frashëri, one of the most distinguished writers of the Albanian Renaissance; an open book in the background.Text: “BANKA E SHQIPËRISË", "DYQIND LEKË", "NAIM FRASHËRI 1846-1900”.
Back: View of the house where Naim Frashëri was born; a page with verses from his poem: "Ti Shqipëri më jep nder, më jep emrin Shqipëtar"; a stylised image of his pen and signatures.

Security features:

A transparent window reveals the portrait of the banknote, the value 200 Lekë and the building colonnade of the Bank of Albania.

See-through feature, a stylised image of eagle is placed on both sides of the note. Both imagines should match exactly.

Iridescent stripe, a glossy stripe runs through the centre and reveals the written value 200 Lekë (back).

Printer: De La Rue, London (England) - DLR.
Intro: 30.09.2019.
Date: 2017 Prefix: AA Replacement: XA.
Signatures: Gent Sejko (Governor), Stefan Sevo (Director Department of Issue).

500 Leke (US$4.70; €4.04) B-323 Color:  Blue         

           

P-NL; B-323as; serial number AA 0000000.

Front: Portrait of Ismail Qemal Bej Vlora (1844-1919), a prominent leader of the Albanian national movement and first Prime Minister of independent Albania; double-headed eagle of the independence flag.
Back: View of the building where the Provisional Government of Vlora worked, today the National Museum of Independence; a stylised image of the room where the decision to declare Albania’s independence was made and of the telegraph with the news.

Signatures: Gent Sejko (Governor), Stefan Sevo (Director Department of Issue)

Note: 500 leke will be put into circulation starting from 2022.

1 000 Leke (US$9.41; €8.09) Color: Green         

           

P-NL; B-324as; serial number AA 0000000.

Front: Portrait of Pjetër Bogdani (1625-1689), a writer, clergyman and distinguished figure of old Albanian literature, taken from the frontispiece of his work "Çeta e profetëve" (Cuneus prophetarum), and a symbol of the sun used in this work.
Back: Bogdani’s vision of the heliocentric system; Catholic Church in Vau i Dejës.

Signatures: Gent Sejko (Governor), Stefan Sevo (Director Department of Issue)

Note: 1000 leke will be put into circulation  starting from 2020.

2 000 Leke (US$18.81; €16.17) Color:  Purple         

           

P-NL; B-325as; serial number AA 0000000.

Front: Portrait of King Gent of Illyria (181-168 BC). He is known as a statesman, a warrior, and a scientist in medicine. Also, he enriched the treasury and had bronze coins minted with his name.
Back: Elements of antiquity architecture found in Albania; Gentiana lutea - a medicinal herb, whose healing properties were discovered by King Gent; stylized detail of a Liburnian ship.

Signatures: Gent Sejko (Governor), Stefan Sevo (Director Department of Issue)

Note: 2000 leke will be put into circulation starting from 2021.

5 000 Leke (US$47.03; €40.43) Color: Yellow Dimensions: 153 x 72 mm

           

P-NL; B-326as; serial number NA 0000000.

           

P-NL; B-326a; serial # Prefix NB.

Front: Portrait of Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg by Gentile Bellini, a national hero - the most outstanding representative of the Albanian history, who led the Albanians against the Ottoman invaders. Text: "BANKA E SHQIPËRISË", "PESË MIJË LEKË", "SKËNDERBEU 1405-1468”.
Back: View of Kruja Castle, Skanderbeg's helmet, equestrian statue in Tirana and signatures.

Security features:

The security thread turns into a dark solid line from a dashed one. The value 5000 Lekë and a stylised patch of both the shield and sword can be seen on the thread. The security thread changes colour from green to purple.

Hologram, the silvery stripe on the left, reveals the logo of the Bank of Albania, the portrait of Scanderbeg, the nominal value 5000 Lekë and the shield with the sword.

SPARK LIVE, Scanderbeg’s helmet, at the top corner on the right, changes colour from gold to green, with a dynamic effect of the image up and down.

Iridescent stripe, on the back of the banknote, the glossy stripe at the centre reveals the value 5000 Lekë.

Watermark: The portrait of the banknote, its nominal value 5000 Lekë and the stylized eagle symbol become visible.
Printer: De La Rue, London (England) - DLR.
Date: 2017 Prefix: NA, NB. Intro: 30.09.2019.
Signatures: Gent Sejko (Governor), Stefan Sevo (Director Department of Issue).

10 000 Leke (US$94.05; €80.86)         

           

Expected new denomination - unknown until now.

According to a 7 December 2017 report in Albanian Daily News, the Banka e Shqiperise has approved a design of a new 10,000-lek note featuring poet Aleksandër Stavre Drenova, known by the pen name Asdreni.

The 10000 leke banknote will have the theme of the national anthem and its author, the poet Asdreni.

Note: 10000 leke will be put into circulation starting from 2020.

200, 500, 1000 and 5000 Leke – Series 1996; 2001.

Exchangeable until 31 December 2023:

100 Leke P-55 (1993, 1994, 1996)

100 Leke P-61 (1996 new design)

200 Leke P-52 (1992), P-56 (1994) and P-59 (1996)

500 Leke P-48a (1991), P-48b (1996) – BANKA E SHTETIT SHQIPTAR

500 Leke P-53 (1992), P-57 (1994) and P-60 (1996)

1000 Leke P-54 (1992), P-58 (1994), P-61a (1995), P-61b (1995) and P-61c (1996)

  • In 1926, the Lek was introduced by the Albanian King Ahmet Zoghu. Bronze, nickel, and silver coins were minted and distributed in denominations of 5 and 10 qindar.
  • In 1956, the Lek was redistributed and was available in denominations of 1 lek and 5 qindar, 10 qindar, 20 qindar, and 50 qindar.
  • In 1991, and 1992 the Lek was reintroduced with added denominations of 200, 500, and 1,000 Lek notes.
  • In 1997, a newly printed series of Lek banknotes were made available.
  • Since 2002, there have been special issues of the Lek; for example, in 2005 the 50 Lek was designed for the 85th anniversary of the capital Tirana.

Currency Import regulations:
Local currency (Albanian Lek-ALL): prohibited.
Foreign currencies: no restrictions.

Currency Export regulations:
Local currency (Albanian Lek-ALL): prohibited.
Foreign currencies: up to USD 5,000.- or up to the amounts imported and declared on arrival.

US Dollars and Euro are widely accepted along with national currency.