Libyan dinar
دينار ليبي (Arabic)
Banknotes of 12, 1, and 5 dinars
ISO 4217
CodeLYD (numeric: 434)
SymbolLD‎ and ل.د
11000dirham (dh.)
BanknotesLD 1, LD 5, LD 10, LD 20, LD 50
 Freq. used50 dhs., 100 dhs., LD 14, LD 12
 Rarely used1 dh., 5 dhs., 10 dhs., 20 dhs.
Date of introduction1 January 1971
User(s) Libya
Central bankCentral Bank of Libya
 SourceThe World Factbook, 2012 est.

The dinar (Arabic: دينار (Arabic pronunciation: [diːˈnɑːr]); sign: LD in Latin, ل.د in Arabic; code: LYD) is the official currency of Libya. The dinar is divided into 1,000 dirhams (درهم). It is issued by the Central Bank of Libya, which also supervises the banking system and regulates credit.


It was introduced in September 1971 and replaced the pound at par.[1] The currency was pegged to the special drawing rights at a rate of 2.80 SDRs per dinar.

In 1972, the Libyan Arab Foreign Bank was established to deal with overseas investment.

In February 1973, the dinar was pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 0.29679 dinar per dollar (LD 1 = US$3.37), which was maintained until 1986. The peg was switched to the special drawing rights on 18 March 1986, with 1 dinar = 2.80 SDRs. On 1 May 1986, the dinar was allowed to trade in a 7.5% range of 2.80 SDRs. This range was expanded several times.

The currency started to devalue gradually relative to the US dollar in the mid-1990s, reaching a value of US$1.55 in 2001. The dinar was devalued by 50% to US$0.77 in 2002.[2]

Ali Mohammed Salem, deputy governor of Central Bank of Libya, stated the exchange rate of Libyan dinar would be pegged to special drawing rights for one to three years, according to an interview to Reuters on 27 December 2011.[3]

On 3 January 2021, the dinar was devalued to US$1 = LD 4.48 for all transactions following exchange rate unification, closing the gap between the official and black market exchange rates.[4]


Until 1975, old coins denominated in milliemes (equal to the dirham) circulated. In 1975, coins were introduced in denominations of 1 Dh., 5 Dhs., 10 Dhs., 20 Dhs., 50 Dhs. and 100 Dhs. which bore the coat of arms of the Federation of Arab Republics. These were followed in 1979 by a second series of coins, in the same denominations, which bore a design of a horseman in place of the arms. LD 14 and LD 12 coins were issued in 2001 and 2004, respectively. In 2009, new 50 dhs., 100 dhs., LD 14 and LD 12 coins were issued. 1 dh., 5 dhs., 10 dhs., and 20 dhs. coins are rarely used as units of exchange. However, they still retain their status as legal tender.

In 2013 and 2014, the Central Bank of Libya issued LD 14 and LD 12 coins and 50 Dhs. and 100 Dhs. coins.[citation needed]

Current Libyan dinar coins
Image Value Composition Diameter Weight Thickness Edge Issued
50 dhs. Copper-nickel-plated steel 23 mm 5.1 g 1.77 mm Reeded 2014
100 dhs. Copper-nickel-plated steel 26 mm 6.54 g 1.9 mm Plain 2014
LD 14 Nordic gold 26 mm 6.55 g 2 mm Reeded 2014
LD 12 Bi-metallic nordic gold center in copper-nickel ring 27 mm 7.05 g 1.9 mm Reeded 2014


In 1971, banknotes were introduced in denominations of LD 14, LD 12, LD 1, LD 5 and LD 10. On May 15, 1980, new banknotes were issued for the LD 5 and LD 10 denominations (worth, at the time, £7 stg and £14 stg, or US$16 and US$32) and Libyan citizens were allowed one week to exchange their existing notes at the Central State Bank branches, after which the old LD 5 and LD 10 notes would be worthless.[5] Persons making the exchange, however, were informed that only LD 1,000 worth of new notes would be allowed per customer, a move that "effectively wiped out the savings of the middle-class as well as the hoarded cash of the black marketeers" and that "brought a windfall of £1.5 billion to the cash-starved Treasury". After a public uproar, Leader Muammar Gaddafi announced on June 11 that although the seized money would not be confiscated or invested without full consultation with the 167 local "People's Congresses" in Libya.[6]

Notes of LD 20 were added in 2002. On August 27, 2008, the Central Bank of Libya announced a new LD 50 note and that was scheduled to enter circulation on August 31, 2008.[7] The note was already in circulation and featured Gaddafi on the obverse.

The subjects depicted on the banknotes have not changed since series 2 except for the portrait of Gaddafi which became the new obverse design of the LD 1 note in series 4.

After the overthrow of Gaddafi's government in the First Libyan Civil War of 2011, Central Bank Governor Gasem Azzoz said that notes with the ousted strongman's face on them were still in circulation and would be used by the National Transitional Council to pay the salaries of public servants and government employees. The bank is holding a contest for redesigned banknotes that will likely eventually replace the Gaddafi-emblazoned notes.[8]

The central Bank started withdrawing the LD 50 note on January 14, 2012. Libyans have until March 15 to hand the note in to banks. Issam Buajila, the media manager of the central bank said that the LD 1 and LD 20 notes will be withdrawn from circulation soon.[9] Omar Elkaber, governor of the central bank, stated that the bank has already started printing new notes.[10]

The Central Bank of Libya has issued a revised LD 10 banknote with revised features, one example is the removal of the reference of the Gaddafi era "Jamahiriya" from upper right back, plus the use of English on the notes for the first time in two decades. Furthermore, the serial number prefix system has apparently been reset to "1". Two versions of the revised LD 10 banknote were issued, one with the central bank's name rendered with initial-capitals, which were printed by De La Rue of the UK and the other with the central bank's name in all capital letters were printed by Oberthur Technologies of France. Another notable differences for the two notes is both the holographic patch, the symbols on the top left corner on the notes and the date. The De La Rue version is identical to its previous issue, but the only notable difference is the serial number prefix, identified as "7A". The Oberthur Technologies issue has a different holographic patch, the addition of the crescent and star symbol on the top left corner of the note, the serial number prefix as "1" and the date 17.02.2011 (February 17, 2011, the date of the 2011 Libyan revolution and civil war) added below.[11][12]

A revised LD 5 banknote was issued with altered features similar to the revised LD 10 banknote. The English text has replaced the Arabic text on the back, the removal of the Gaddafi era "Jamahiriya" from the front and upper right back of the note, and the Gaddafi era falcon crest has been removed from the monument to the Battle of Al-Hani.[13]

On February 17, 2013, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the Libyan civil war, the Central Bank of Libya issued a LD 1 banknote, its first issue following the 2011 Libyan revolution and civil war. The front of the note depicts Anti-Gaddafi protesters with the flag of the Libyan rebels. The back of the note depicts the flag of Libya and peace doves.[14]

On March 31, 2013, the Central Bank of Libya issued a LD 20 banknote. The predominantly orange-colored note features a school in Ghadames on the front and the Al-Ateeq mosque and the oasis of Oujla on the back.[15]

In June 2013, the Central Bank of Libya issued a LD 50 banknote. The green-colored note features the Italian lighthouse in Benghazi on the front and the Rock formation in the Tadrart Acacus mountains on the back. This is the first note in Libya to utilize Crane's "Motion" thread.[16]

Banknote Series of the Libyan dinar
Series Denominations Colours Issued Dates Note
1 LD 14, LD 12, LD 1, LD 5 and LD 10 Orange, purple, blue, olive and grey 1971–1972
2 All green 1980–1981
3 Green as the dominant colour, with brown, purple, blue, light green and multicoloured. 1984
4 Multicoloured 1988 –ca. 1990 English text on LD 14, LD 12, and LD 5
4, revised Slight change ca. 1991–1993 English text on LD 14, LD 12, and LD 5 notes was removed
5 LD 14, LD 12, LD 1, LD 5, LD 10 and LD 20 Multicoloured 2002
6 LD 1, LD 5 and LD 10 Blue, purple and green 2004 Easily visible foil (LD 1 and LD 5) or hologram (LD 10) on upper left on the obverse as the new anti-counterfeit device
7 LD 1, LD 5, LD 10, LD 20 (Series 2), LD 50 (Series 1) Blue, red and green 2008–2009 Reworked designs and enhanced security features
7A LD 5 and LD 10 Red (LD 5), Green (LD 10) 2011-2012 Identical to the Series 7 issues, but with the removal of the references to the Gaddafi era "Jamahiriya"
1 (2013–present) LD 1, LD 5, LD 10, LD 20, LD 50 Multicolored 2013–present First series of banknotes after the 2011 Libyan revolution
2 (2019) LD 1 Blue 2019–present First banknote of the Libyan dinar to be issued on polymer substrate, to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the 2011 Libyan Revolution
3 (2021) LD 5 Brown 2021–present Second banknote of the Libyan dinar to be issued on polymer substrate

Current series

Current Series
Image Value Main Colour Description
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
LD 1 Purple Anti-Gaddafi protesters Flag of Libya and peace doves
LD 5 Brown Ottoman Clock Tower Zeus Temple in Cyrene
LD 10 Blue Omar al-Mukhtar Al Mukhtar horsemen
LD 20 Orange Al Ateeq mosque in Oujlah Traditional school in Ghadames
LD 50 Green Italian Lighthouse of Sede Khrebeech Stone arch in Tadrart Acacus

Popular nomenclature and denominations

The Libyan dinar is commonly called jni, [ʒni] (western Libyan Dialect) or jneh [ʒneh] (eastern Libyan dialect), derived from the name of British guinea (cf genēh جنيه for the Egyptian pound), a gold coin worth twenty-one shillings. The name dinar is rarely used outside official circles. The authorized fractional unit, the dirham, is never mentioned in everyday conversation. Garsh - a variant of the word qirsh - is employed instead, with 1 garsh = 10 dirhams. One thousand dinars is stylishly called a kilo [kiːlu]. Similarly, five dinar notes and ten dinar notes are sometimes nicknamed, in the younger generation male slang, faifa [faːifa] and tsena [tseːna] respectively, which are playful feminizations of the English words five and ten, but may also be remnants of British slang words 'fiver' and 'tenner' for five and ten pound notes respectively. Libyan currency is nicknamed by Libyans ʿOmar El-Mokhtar after the Libyan freedom fighter who is featured on the obverse of the LD 10 note.

Eastern Libyan dinar

Since 2016, the Central Bank of Libya allied with the House of Representatives and issued its own Libyan dinar, with banknotes for LD 20 and LD 50 and a LD 1 coin, which was printed and coined by Goznak in Russia. They were issued in response to a shortage of cash in the eastern half of the country, reflecting the disunity of Libya that has two rival governments in the east and west.[17][18][19]

Current LYD exchange rates

See also


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  2. ^ "سياسة سعر الصرف – مصرف ليبيا المركزي". Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  3. ^ "Libyan Islamic banking law seen in March". Business Recorder. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Libya's divided central bank agrees exchange rate after first meeting in years". Reuters. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  5. ^ "Libya Writhing Under Qaddafi's Social Revolution", The New York Times, August 22, 1980, pA2
  6. ^ "Gadafy bows to critics", The Guardian (London), June 13, 1980, p8
  7. ^ (in Arabic) Central Bank of Libya issues a new 50 Dinars banknote-مصرف ليبيا المركزي يصدر ورقة نقدية جديدة من فئة الخمسين دينارا, Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting Agency, retrieved August 28, 2008
  8. ^ Birsel, Robert (1 September 2011). "Dinars from heaven as Britain flies banknotes to Libya". Reuters. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  9. ^ "ibya withdraws notes bearing Kadhafi image". AFP. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  10. ^ Holmes, Oliver (13 January 2012). "Libyan central bank starts withdrawing old currency". Reuters. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  11. ^ Libya new 10-dinar note confirmed, Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  12. ^ Libya new 10-dinar note reported Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  13. ^ Libya new 5-dinar note confirmed Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  14. ^ Libya new 1-dinar note confirmed February 27, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-03-01.
  15. ^ Libya new 20-dinar note to be issued 31.03.2013 March 23, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-03-28.
  16. ^ Libya new 50-dinar note confirmed June 16, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-06-18.
  17. ^ Eastern Libyan central bank launches its own coins made in Russia, Reuters, 20 October 2017. Retrieved on 2018-11-06.
  18. ^ More Russia-printed dinars arrive, The Libya Herald, 5 May 2017. Retrieved on 2018-11-06.
  19. ^ East Libya 1 dinar coin Numista ( Retrieved on 2019-05-26.
Libyan dinar
Preceded by:
Libyan pound
Reason: Revolution (in 1969)
Ratio: at par
Currency of Libya
1971 –
Succeeded by: