The Algerian dinar is the official currency of Algeria and was introduced in the country until 1964, replacing the Algerian new franc. The name dinar is derived from the Roman “denarius, and the santeem comes from the French “centime”, given that France occupied Algeria between 1830 to 1962. The first coin’s series minted was in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimes, and 1 dinar. In 1992, a new series was issued in denominations of 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dinars. To commemorate Algeria’s 50th anniversary of independence, the government introduce a 200 dinar coin in 2012.
The 1 Algerian dinar coin front design feature the map of Algeria and the denomination alluding to a Neolithic arrowhead and two stars. The reverse coin design has an African buffalo surrounded by cave paintings of the same animal and the date of issue in the Islamic and Gregorian calendars. This coin is part of the 1992 – 2017 (1413 – 1438) series. Its rim is plain, and its color is silver.
Text: Bank of Algeria, One Dinar, 1993 – 1414, 1.