Libyan dinar

The dinar (Arabic: دينار dīnār) is the currency of Libya. Its ISO 4217 code is "LYD". The dinar is subdivided into 1000 dirham (درهم). It was introduced in September 1971 and replaced the pound at par.[1] It is issued by the Central Bank of Libya, which also supervises the banking system and regulates credit. In 1972, the Libyan Arab Foreign Bank was established to deal with overseas investment. Ali Mohammed Salem, deputy governor of Central Bank of Libya stated the exchange rate of Libyan dinar would be pegged to special drawing rights for one to three years, according to an interview to Reuters on 27 December 2011.[2]

Libyan dinar
دينار ليبي (Arabic)
ISO 4217
SymbolLD and ل.د
Banknotes1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinars
Coins50, 100 dirhams, ¼, ½ dinar
User(s) Libya
Central bankCentral Bank of Libya
SourceThe World Factbook, 2012 est.


Until 1975, old coins denominated in milliemes (equal to the dirham) circulated. In 1975, coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dirhams which bore the coat of arms of the Federation of Arab Republics. These were followed in 1979 by a second series of coins, in the same denominations, which bore a design of a horseman in place of the arms. ¼ and ½ dinar coins were issued in 2001 and 2004, respectively. In 2009, new 50, 100 dirhams, ¼ and ½ dinar coins were issued. 1, 5, 10, and 20 dirham coins are rarely used as units of exchange. However, they still retain their status as legal tenders.

In 2013 and 2014, the Central Bank of Libya issued ¼ and ½ dinar coins and 50 and 100 dirham coins.[3][4][5]

Current Libyan dinar coins
50 dirhams Copper-nickel-plated steel 23 mm 5.1 g 1.77 mm Reeded 2014
100 dirhams Copper-nickel-plated steel 26 mm 6.54 g 1.9 mm Plain 2014
¼ dirhams Nordic gold 26 mm 6.55 g 2 mm Reeded 2014
½ dirhams Bi-metallic nordic gold center in copper-nickel ring 27 mm 7.05 g 1.9 mm Reeded 2014


In 1971, banknotes were introduced in denominations of ¼, ½, 1, 5 and 10 dinar. 20 dinar notes were added in 2002. On August 27, 2008, the Central Bank of Libya announced a new 50 dinar note and that was scheduled to enter circulation on August 31, 2008.[6] The note is already in circulation and features Muammar Gaddafi on the obverse.

The subjects depicted on the banknotes have not changed since series 2 except for the portrait of Muammar Gaddafi which became the new obverse design of the 1 dinar note in series 4.

After the 2011 revolution overthrew Gaddafi's government, Central Bank Governor Gasem Azzoz said that notes with the ousted strongman's face on them were still in circulation and would be used by the National Transitional Council to pay the salaries of public servants and government employees. The bank is holding a contest for redesigned banknotes that will likely eventually replace the Gaddafi-emblazoned bills.[7]

The central Bank started withdrawing the 50-Dinar note on January 14, 2012. Libyans have until March 15 to hand the note in to banks. Issam Buajila, the media manager of the central bank said that the 1 and 20 Dinar notes will be withdrawn from circulation soon.[8] Omar Elkaber, governor of the central bank, stated that the bank has already started printing new notes.[9]

The Central Bank of Libya has issued a revised 10-dinar banknote with revised features, one example is the removal of the reference of the Gaddafi era "Jamahiriya" from upper right back, plus the use of English on the notes for the first time in two decades. Furthermore, the serial number prefix system has apparently been reset to "1". Two versions of the revised 10-dinar banknote were issued, one with the central bank's name rendered with initial-capitals, which were printed by De La Rue of the U.K. and the other with the central bank's name in all capital letters were printed by Oberthur Technologies of France. Another notable differences for the two notes is both the holographic patch, the symbols on the top left corner on the notes and the date. The De La Rue version is identical to its previous issue, but the only notable difference is the serial number prefix, identified as "7A". The Oberthur Technologies issue has a different holographic patch, the addition of the crescent and star symbol on the top left corner of the note, the serial number prefix as "1" and the date 17.02.2011 (February 17, 2011, the date of the 2011 Libyan revolution and civil war) added below.[10][11]

A revised 5-dinar banknote was issued with altered features similar to the revised 10-dinar banknote. The English text has replaced the Arabic text on the back, the removal of the Gaddafi era "Jamahiriya" from the front and upper right back of the note, and the Gaddafi era falcon crest has been removed from the monument to the Battle of Al-Hani.[12]

On February 17, 2013, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the Libyan civil war, the Central Bank of Libya issued a 1 dinar banknote, its first issue following the 2011 Libyan revolution and civil war. The front of the note depicts Anti-Gaddafi protesters with the flag of the Libyan rebels. The back of the note depicts the flag of Libya and peace doves.[13]

On March 31, 2013, the Central Bank of Libya issued a 20 dinar banknote. The predominantly orange-colored note features a school in Ghadames on the front and the Al-Ateeq mosque and the oasis of Oujla on the back.[14]

In June 2013, the Central Bank of Libya issued a 50 dinar banknote. The green-colored note features the Italian lighthouse in Benghazi on the front and the Rock formation in the Tadrart Acacus mountains on the back. This is the first note in Libya to utilize Crane's "Motion" thread.[15]

Banknote Series of the Libyan dinar
SeriesDenominationsColoursIssued DatesNote
1¼, ½, 1, 5 and 10 dinarsOrange, purple, blue, olive and grey1971–1972
2All green1980–1981
3Green as the dominant colour, with brown, purple, blue, light green and multicoloured.1984
4Multicoloured1988 –ca. 1990English text on ¼, ½, and 5 dinars
4, revisedSlight changeca. 1991–1993English text on ¼, ½, and 5 dinars note was removed
5¼, ½, 1, 5, 10 and 20 dinarsMulticoloured2002
61, 5 and 10 dinarsBlue, purple and green2004Easily visible foil (1 and 5 dinars) or hologram (10 dinars) on upper left on the obverse as the new anti-counterfeit device
71, 5, 10, 20 (Series 2), 50 (Series 1) dinarsBlue, red and green2008–2009Reworked designs and enhanced security features
7A5 and 10 dinarsRed (5 dinars), Green (10 dinars)2011-2012Identical to the Series 7 issues, but with the removal of the references to the Gaddafi era "Jamahiriya"
1 (2013-present)1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinarsMulticolored2013-presentFirst series of banknotes after the 2011 Libyan revolution
2 (2018)1 dinarBlue2018-presentFirst banknote of the Libyan dinar to be issued on polymer substrate, to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the 2011 Libyan Revolution

Current series

Current Series
ImageValueMain ColourDescription
1 Dinar Purple Anti-Gaddafi protesters Flag of Libya and peace doves
5 Dinars Brown Ottoman Clock Tower Zeus Temple in Cyrene
10 Dinars Blue Omar al-Mukhtar Al Mukhtar horsemen
20 Dinars Orange Al Ateeq mosque in Oujlah Traditional school in Ghadames
50 Dinars Green Italian Lighthouse of Sede Khrebeech Stone arch in Tadrart Acacus

The Libyan dinar is commonly called jni, [ʒni] (western Libyan Dialect) or jneh [ʒneh] (eastern Libyan dialect). The name dinar is rarely used outside official circles. The authorized fractional unit, the dirham, is never mentioned in everyday conversation. Garsh - a variant of the word qirsh - is employed instead, with 1 garsh = 10 dirhams. One thousand dinars is stylishly called a kilo [kiːlu]. Similarly, five dinar notes and ten dinar notes are sometimes nicknamed, in the younger generation male slang, faifa [faːifa] and tsena [tseːna] respectively, which are playful feminizations of the English words five and ten, but may also be remnants of British slang words 'fiver' and 'tenner' for five and ten pound notes respectively. Libyan currency is nicknamed by Libyans ʿOmar El-Mokhtar after the Libyan freedom fighter who is featured on the obverse of the 10 dinar note.

Eastern Libyan dinar

Since 2016, the Central Bank of Libya allied with the House of Representatives and issued its own Libyan dinar, with banknotes for 20 and 50 dinars and a 1 dinar coin, which was printed and coined by Goznak in Russia. They were issued in response to a shortage of cash in the eastern half of the country, reflecting the disunity of Libya that has two rival governments in the east and west.[16][17][18]

Current LYD exchange rates

See also


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  2. "Libyan Islamic banking law seen in March". Business Recorder. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  3. Libya 1/4 dinar 2014 - New series World Coin News ( December 9, 2013. Retrieved on 2014-06-30.
  4. Libya 1/2 dinar 2014 - Real scan World Coin News ( June 30, 2014. Retrieved on 2014-06-30.
  5. Libya 50 and 100 dirhams 2014 - New series World Coin News ( December 15, 2014. Retrieved on 2014-12-16.
  6. (in Arabic) Central Bank of Libya issues a new 50 Dinars banknote-مصرف ليبيا المركزي يصدر ورقة نقدية جديدة من فئة الخمسين دينارا , Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting Agency, retrieved August 28, 2008
  7. Birsel, Robert (1 September 2011). "Dinars from heaven as Britain flies banknotes to Libya". Reuters. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  8. "ibya withdraws notes bearing Kadhafi image". AFP. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  9. Holmes, Oliver (13 January 2012). "Libyan central bank starts withdrawing old currency". Reuters. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  10. Libya new 10-dinar note confirmed, Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  11. Libya new 10-dinar note reported Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  12. Libya new 5-dinar note confirmed Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  13. Libya new 1-dinar note confirmed February 27, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-03-01.
  14. Libya new 20-dinar note to be issued 31.03.2013 March 23, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-03-28.
  15. Libya new 50-dinar note confirmed June 16, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-06-18.
  16. Eastern Libyan central bank launches its own coins made in Russia, Reuters, 20 October, 2017. Retrieved on 2018-11-06.
  17. More Russia-printed dinars arrive, The Libya Herald, 5 May 2017. Retrieved on 2018-11-06.
  18. East Libya 1 dinar coin Numista ( Retrieved on 2019-05-26.
Libyan dinar
Preceded by:
Libyan pound
Reason: Revolution (in 1969)
Ratio: at par
Currency of Libya
Succeeded by:
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