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The Franga is an obsolete unit of currency, equal to 5 lek, used in the Albanian Republic and Albanian Kingdom under Zogu.[1] Coins denominated in Franga were in use from 1926 until 1939.[2]

Franga
Franga Coin.jpg
100 Franga Coin with portrait of Zogu.
Denominations
Subunit
 1/100Qindark ari
SymbolFr
 Qindark ariq
NicknameLeku Zogut
Banknotes
 Freq. used5, 20, and 100 Franga
Coins
 Freq. used10, 20, 50 and 100 Franga
Demographics
Date of withdrawal1946
Replaced byAlbanian lek
User(s)Albanian Republic
Albanian Kingdom
Issuance
Central bankBank of Albania
Valuation
Value1 Fr = L5
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.

CoinsEdit

Between 1926 and 1938, 1, 2, and 5 franga coins were issued in silver (835 fine for the two lower values, 900 fine for the five-franga coins), while 10, 20, 50, and 100 franga pieces were minted in gold (900 fine).

Fractional pieces in denominated in lek and qindarka were also issued during the period.

BanknotesEdit

An undated series of banknotes was issued by the National Bank of Albania in 1926. It comprised 1, 5, 20, and 100 franga notes, the first of which was recalled shortly after being released into circulation.

In 1939, during the Italian occupation, the 100 franga notes were overprinted to obscure the image of king Zog.

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1], Koha Jonë (in Albanian) Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ taxfreegold.co.uk/ about Franga

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