500 Lek

500 leke para
500 leke mbrapa
Size 145 x 69 mm
Dominant colour blue
First in circulation on 11.07.1997
Obverse Portrait of Ismail Qemal Bej Vlora (1844-1919), a prominent leader of the Albanian national movement and first Prime Minister of independent Albania; double-headed eagle of the independence flag; a stylised image of the pen with which the Independence Act was signed.
Reverse View of the building where the Provisional Government of Vlora worked, today the National Museum of Independence; a stylised image of the room where the decision to declare Albania’s independence was made and of the telegraph with the news. 
  • New 500 Lekë Note security features (in Albanian) 
  • Raised print

    Raised print

    Raised print is used in most visible parts of the note and has a raised surface, which is more tactile in the main texts and image. 

    Elements for recognition by blind or visually impaired persons

    Elements for recognition by blind or visually impaired persons


    Ultraviolet properties

    Ultraviolet properties

    All denominations of the new series have surfaces printed in fluorescent ink, visible under UV light. This quality applies also to the security thread and invisible fibres. 

    Watermark

    Watermark

    (visible design inside the letter). Each banknote has a three-dimensional watermark, a portrait that corresponds to the main portrait of the banknote, when seen against the light. 

    See through register

    See through register

    The following denominations have a specific element called see through. It is printed on the reverse of the note and matches perfectly to the space not printed on the obverse, when seen against the light. 

    Hologram

    Hologram

    In their obverse, 2000 and 5000 Lekë notes have a hologram, which presents different images depending on the viewing angle.

    FCO® seal

    FCO® seal

    This element, found in the 1000 lekë denomination, offers two levels of security. The colour of ink changes from violet to dark green when the note is tilted. Depending on the viewing angle, one may see in the background the building of the Bank of Albania, its initials "BSH“ and the value numeral “1000”, which are stamped. 

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