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Security features  

 

Banknotes security features help you distinguish a genuine from a counterfeit banknote. Some of these security features of Albanian banknotes include:

 

  • 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. 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Optically variable ink . This security feature is found in 500, 2000 and 5000 Lekė denominations. The colour of ink varies depending on the viewing angle, from violet to dark green. OVI serigraphic prevents reproduction via scanner or photocopy.
  • Hologram. In their obverse, 2000 and 5000 Lekė notes have a hologram, which presents different images depending on the viewing angle. 
  • 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. 
  • Elements for recognition by blind or visually impaired persons.
  • FCO® seal.  This element, found in the 1000 lekė 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.

 

New 5000 lekė Note

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On 15 May 2009, the Bank of Albania  put in circulation a 5000 Lekė note, of legal tender, issue of 2007. It retains the same design and size as the 5000 Lekė note, issue of 2001. The new banknote has additional or improved security and damage-resistant features.

Main changes to the issue of 2007:

  • Obverse  and Reverse
  • Signatures of the Governor and the Director of Issue Department
  • Year of issue
  • Security thread from 1.2 mm becomes 1.5 mm wide.
  • Older issues of 5000 Lekė notes shall continue to be legal tender and shall continue to be in circulation, along with the new note, issue of 2007.
  • Reinforced corners
  • Improvements to the hologram
 

 

 

New 2000 lekė Note

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The Bank of Albania put in circulation on 29 December 2008, a new legal tender note of 2000 Lekė.
Security elements:

  • Obverse and Reverse
  • Hologram. Depending on the viewing angle, the portrait of King Gent is alternated with the value numeral 2000.
  • Optical variable ink. The colour of ink varies depending on the viewing angle, from violet to dark green.
  • Signatures of the Governor and Director of Issue Department.
  • Year of issue
  • Security thread
  • Watermark. When seen against the light, the portrait of King Gent is visible.
  • Reinforced corners
  • Elements for recognition by blind and visually impaired persons.
  • Face Value “DYMIJĖ LEKĖ” (TWO THOUSAND LEKĖ) is in tactile raised print.

 

 

New 1000 lekė Note

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On 14 November 2008, the Bank of Albania  put in circulation a 1000 Lekė note, of legal tender, issue of 2007. It retains the same design and size as the 1000 Lekė note, issue of 2001. The new banknote has additional or improved security and damage-resistant features. Older issues of 1000 Lekė notes shall continue to be legal tender and shall continue to be in circulation, along with the new note, issue of 2007.

Main changes to the issue of 2007 include:

  • Signature of the Governor
  • Signature of the Director of Issue Department
  • Year of issue
  • Reinforced corners
  • Security thread from 1.2 mm becomes 1.5 mm wide
  • Obverse and Reverse

 

 

New 500 lekė Note

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On 16 February 2009, the Bank of Albania shall put in circulation a 500 Lekė note, of legal tender, issue of 2007. It retains the same design and size as the 500 Lekė note, issue of 2001. The new banknote has additional or improved security and damage-resistant features.

Older issues of 500 Lekė notes shall continue to be legal tender and shall continue to be in circulation, along with the new note, issue of 2007.

Main changes to the issue of 2007 include:

  • Signatures of the Governor and the Director of Issue Department
  • Year of Issue
  • Reinforced corners
  • Security thread from 1.2 mm becomes 1.5 mm wide
  • Obverse and Reverse 

 

 

New 200 lekė Note

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On 20 July 2009, the Bank of Albania shall put in circulation a 200 Lekė note, of legal tender, issue of 2007. It retains the same design and size as the 200 Lekė note, issue of 2001. The new banknote has additional or improved security and damage-resistant features. Older issues of 200 Lekė notes shall continue to be legal tender and shall continue to be in circulation, along with the new note, issue of 2007.

Main changes to the issue of 2007 include:

  • Signatures of the Governor and the Director of Issue Department
  • Year of Issue
  • Reinforced corners
  • Security thread from 1.2 mm becomes 1.5 mm wide
  • Obverse  and Reverse 

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