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Egyptian Banknotes

In 1899, the National Bank of Egypt introduced notes in denominations of 50 Piastres, 1 5, 10, 50 and 100 Egyptian Pounds were introduced. Between 1916 and 1917, 25 Piastres notes were added, together with government currency notes for 5 and 10 Piastres. Issued intermittently, the 5 and 10 Piastres are today produced by the Ministry of Finance.

In 1961, the Central Bank of Egypt took over from the National Bank and issued notes in denominations of 25 and 50 Piasters, 1, 5 Pounds, 10 and 20 Pounds notes were introduced in 1976, followed by 100 Pounds in 1978, 50 Pound in 1993 and 200 Egyptian Pounds in 2007.

All Egyptian banknotes are bilingual, with Arabic texts and Eastern Arabic numerals on the obverse and English and Hindu Arabic numerals on the reverse. Obverse designs tend to feature an Islamic building with reverse designs featuring an Ancient Egyptian building. During December 2006, it was mentioned in articles in Al Ahram and Al Akhbar newspapers that there were plans to introduce a 200 and 500 Pound notes. As of 2007, there are 200 Pound notes circulating in Egypt and subsequently 500 Pound notes will start circulating. As of the summer of 2009, banknotes of one pound and one half pound are being phased out, replaced by more extensive use of coins. Presumably quarter pound notes will be phased out as well.


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