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 20 Algerian dinars coin front design feature the map of Algeria, and the denomination is made with details in the shape of birds heads alluding to the Hammadite era and two stars. The reverse coin design has a lion surrounded by a stylized pattern inspired by the Hammadid architecture and the date of issue in the year in the Islamic and Gregorian calendars. This coin is part of the 1992 – 2020 (1413 – 1441) series. Its rim is plain, and its color is silver and gold.
Text: Bank of Algeria, Twenty Dinar, 1992 – 1413, 20.