Tunisia

Tunisia new 5-dinar note confirmed

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BCT B36 (PNL): 5 dinars (US$3.20)
Green. Front: City of Carthage; Carthaginian general, Hannibal wearing helmet. Back: Carthaginian ships. Holographic stripe with Hannibal, Carthaginian ship, and crescent moon and star. Windowed green-to-gold security thread with demetalized design. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 5. Printer: Unknown. 143 x 73 mm.
a. 2013-3-20. Signature 10. Intro: 17.03.2014.

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Courtesy of Cleo Phas, Max Keller, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Tunisia to introduce new 5-dinar note in Q1 2014

According to an article on Investir en Tunisie dated 27 December 2013, Deputy Governor Mohamed Rekik announced that the Banque Centrale de Tunisie will introduce a new 5-dinar banknote in the first quarter of 2014.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle.

Tunisia new 10-dinar note confirmed

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BCT B35 (PNL): 10 dinars (US$6.40)
Light blue and yellow. Front: Poet, Aboul El Kacem Chebbi. Back: Arches of Medesa Bacchia school in Tunis. Holographic stripe with Aboul El Kacem Chebbi, quill, and crescent moon and star. Windowed security thread with demetalized design. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 10. Printer: Unknown. 148 x 73 mm.
a. 2013-3-20. Signature 10. Intro: 28.11.2013.

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Courtesy of Cleo Phas and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Tunisia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Tunisia cover

The Tunisia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 13-page catalog covers every note (72 types and varieties, including 30 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Central Bank of Tunisia from 1958 to present day. Published 22 March 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Tunisia new 5- and 10-dinar notes reported

According to an article on Tuniscope dated 9 March 2013, the Central Bank of Tunisia plans to issue new 5- and 10-dinar notes per decree 1223 of 2013. Also, per decree 1224 of 2013, Tunisia will withdraw 5-dinar notes dated 1993 and 2008 (Pick 86 and 92), as well as 10-dinar notes dated 1986, 1994, and 2005 (Pick 84, 87, and 87A).

Courtesy of Cedrian.

Tunisia new 20- and 50-dinar notes confirmed

On 20 October 2011, the Central Bank of Tunisia introduced a new 20-dinar (US$14.20) note dated 2011 and measuring 153 x 76 mm. The preceding 20-dinar note dated 1992 (Pick 88) will remain legal tender for the time being, but will be gradually withdrawn from circulation. The front of the new 20-dinar note is similar to the preceding issue, but it’s pinkish red and brown in color instead of purple. The back of the note features an entirely new design. A new 50-dinar (US$35.45) note was also issued. Like the 2008-dated commemorative note (P91) of the same denomination, it features a portrait of Rachiq, but the front and back designs have both changed.


PNL 20 dinars (US$14)
Red, blue, and yellow. Front: Ksar Ouled Soltane fortified granary in Tataouine district; Kheireddine Ettounsi with sword on horse. Back: L’ecole Sadiki (Sadiki College) building in Tunis. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Olive tree with electrotype 20. Printer: Unknown. 153 x 76 mm. 2011-3-20. Signature unknown. Intro: 20.10.2011.


The same signature combination appears on both the 20- and 50-dinar notes. I am unsure of to whom the signatures belong. The bank’s web site identifies them by title only, which are Governor and Vice Governor of the Central Bank, positions currently occupied by Mustapha Kamel Nabli and Brahim Saada. However, given the recent turmoil in Tunisia, it’s not certain that these were the signaturories for the notes.


PNL 50 dinars (US$34)
Green, blue, and orange. Front: Musée de la Monnaie (Currency Museum) building in Tunis; scholar Ibn Rachiq. Back: Place Gouvernement la Kasbah, central square in Tunis. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Olive tree and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 158 x 79 mm. 2011-3-20. Signature unknown. Intro: 03.11.2011.

Courtesy of Thomas Augustsson.

Tunisia new 50-dinar note confirmed


On 25 July 2009, the Central Bank of Tunisia introduced a new 50-dinar (US$37.65) note.

Green and purple. Front: La Cite de la Culture (The City of Culture) building; scholar Ibn Rachiq. Back: Rades-La Goulette suspension bridge over canal; planes and jetways at Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Enfidha Airport terminal. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50 DINARS BCT. Watermark: Ibn Rachiq and electrotype 50. Printer: Unknown. 167 x 80 mm. Dated 2008.11.07.
Signed by Taoufik Baccar, governor; and Hedi Zar, vice-governor.

Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle, Jan Stuller, and TDS.

Tunisia new 5-dinar note confirmed



On 22 June 2009, the Central Bank of Tunisia introduced a new 5-dinar (US$3.70) note. The note is similar to Pick 86, but with new date (2008), new signatures, vertical serial number at right, windowed security thread, Omron rings, more durable paper, elements for the sight-impaired, UV printing, electrotype 5 watermark and Cornerstones. Printed by TDLR without imprint.

Courtesy of Jean-Michel Engels.