|دينار جزائري (Arabic)|
Old 200 dinar banknote.
|Symbol||دج (Arabic) or DA (Latin)|
|Freq. used||200, 500, 1000 dinars|
|Rarely used||100, 2000 dinars|
|Freq. used||5, 10, 20, 50, 100 dinars|
|Rarely used||1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 2, dinars|
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
|Central bank||Bank of Algeria|
|Source||The World Factbook, 2009 est.|
The dinar was introduced on 1 April 1964, replacing the Algerian new franc at par.
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 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dinars. A 200 dinar bi-metallic coin was issued in 2012 to commemorate Algeria's 50th anniversary of independence. The 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 dinar coins are bimetallic.
Coins in general circulation are 5 dinars 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 dinars. Nonetheless, prices are typically quoted in santeem in everyday speech; thus a price of 100 dinars is read as عشر الاف ("ten thousand").
2 santeem, minted in 1964
5 santeem, minted in 1974
10 santeem, minted in 1984, a palm tree
20 santeem, minted in 1972, an overflowing cornucopia depicting the theme of agricultural revolution
20 santeem, minted in 1975, a ram(?)
50 santeem, minted in 1975, "The 30th remembering" in Arabic and commemorating the French Algerian Clash
1 dinar, minted in 1972, wheat, two hands (peace), and a tractor in foreground
5 dinar, minted in 1974, an Algerian soldier and commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Revolution
10 dinar, minted since 1979, "Bank of Algeria" in Arabic
Current 20 and 50 dinar and obsolete 5 and 10 dinar coins
|Image||Value||Main Colour||Description||Date of|
|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
|200 DA||Brown||Place of the Martyrs, Algiers||One of the various bridges of Constantine||23 March 1983|
|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
|1000 DA||White and brown||Prehistory of Algeria: A buffalo, paintings at Tassili n'Ajjer||More paintings from the Tassili, and the Hoggar (?)|| 21 May 1992
10 June 1998
|2000 DA||Blue and green||University professor lecturing students in amphitheater, satellite, double-helix DNA strand, three researchers in scientific laboratory with microscope and beakers||Wheat, palm tree, body of water, urban high-rise buildings, olive tree|| 2011
|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.
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- Krause, Chester L.; Clifford Mishler (2003). 2004 Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1901–Present. Colin R. Bruce II (senior editor) (31st ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0873495934.
- Cuhaj, George S. (editor) (2006). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: Modern Issues 1961-Present (12th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-89689-356-1.
- Algerian Bank Regulations of 1996, for specifications of fourth series currency (French).
- Algeria 200 dinars 2012 - 50 Years of Independence worldcoinnews.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-07-11.