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1 Lek, 1976

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Front: Peasant couple

Back: Rozafa castle in Shkoder

Rozafa Castle, built around 350 BC atop an imposingly rocky hill 130 meters above the sea level, is said to be an almost impregnable fortress.

 

Rozafa castle

Rozafa castle

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3 Leke, 1976

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Front: Woman with basket of grapes

Back: Saranda view

The city of Saranda has a population of about 30,000 (2001 estimate). Near Saranda are the remains of the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Saranda view

Saranda view

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5 Leke, 1976

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Front: Truck and steam passenger train crossing viaduct

Back: Ship

 

10 Leke, 1976

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Front: Woman working with cotton spining frame

Back: Bureaucrats and peasants socializing outside the Palace of Culture; Naim Frasheri (1846-1900), Albanian poet

 

25 Leke, 1976

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Front: Peasant woman with sheaf

Back: Farm tractor

 

50 Leke, 1976

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Front: Army on parade; Skanderbeg (1405-1468), Albanian national hero

Back: apartment block under construction

 

100 Leke, 1976

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Front: Worker and boy at Coffer dam

Back: Steel worker and well rigger

 

200 Leke, 2007

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Front: Naim Frasheri (1846-1900), Albanian poet

Back: Frasheri's birthplace

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500 Leke, 2007

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Front: Ismail Qemali 1844-1919, Albanian national movement leader

Back: Independent house in Vlora

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1000 Leke, 2007

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Front: Pjeter Bogdani 1625-1689, Albanian writer

Back: Vau i Dejes church

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2000 Leke, 2007

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Front: King Gentius of Illyria

Back: Butrint amphitheater

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Butrint amphitheater

Butrint amphitheater

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5000 Leke, 2007

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Front: Skanderbeg (1405-1468), Albanian national hero

Back: Skanderbeg Castle in Kruja

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Skanderbeg Castle

Skanderbeg Castle

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Albania, bounded by Yugoslavia, Greece and the Adriatic Sea, was first established as an independent state in 1443. Became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1468. Independence was re-established in 1912. In 1920, following WWI occupation by several nations, a republic was setup. Ahmet Zogu seized the presidency in 1925 and proclaimed himself King Zog I in 1928. Occupied by Italy in 1939 and then by Germany in 1943. Ruled by communist partisans after WWII and the People's Republic was formally established in 1976. A new republican government was elected in 1992. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Albania.

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