1980-1991 | 1998-2015



100 Livres, 1945

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Front: Ornate design "carpet" note

Back: Mont Liban, cedar tree

Courtesy lyn knight currency auctions


1 Livre, 1980

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Front: Temple of Jupiter Ruins in Baalbek

Baalbek is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period. It is Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, and it can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins.

Back: Jeita Cavern


Temple of Jupiter Ruins

Temple of Jupiter Ruins

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5 Livres, 1986

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Front: National Museum, Beirut

Back: Nahr al-Kalb Bridge

The Nahr al-Kalb (English literal translation is Dog River) is a river in Lebanon. It runs for 19 miles (31 km) from a spring in Jeita near the Jeita Grotto to the Mediterranean Sea.


National Museum

National Museum

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Nahr al-Kalb Bridge

Nahr al-Kalb Bridge

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10 Livres, 1986

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Front: Ruins of Anjar

Formerly known as Gerrha, a stronghold built by Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid ibn Abdel Malek in the 8th century, the site was later abandoned, leaving a number of well-preserved ruins. The present-day name derives from Arabic Ayn Gerrha, or "source of Gerrha". The ruins have been recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Back: Large rocks in water near Beirut


Ruins of Anjar

Ruins of Anjar

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25 Livres, 1983

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Front: Crusader Castle at Saida (Sidon)

Sidon's Sea Castle is one of the most prominent archaeological sites. It was built by the Crusaders in 1228 on a small island connected to the mainland,by a 80m long causeway.The island was formerly the site of a temple to Melkart, the Phoenician version of Hercules,

Back: Ruins on rocks


Crusader Castle

Crusader Castle

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50 Livres, 1988

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Front: Ruins of Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek

The Temple of Bacchus was one of the three main temples at a large complex in classical antiquity, at Baalbek in Lebanon. The temple was dedicated to Bacchus (also known as Dionysus), the Roman god of wine, but was traditionally referred to by Neoclassical visitors as the "Temple of the Sun". It is considered one of the best preserved Roman temples in the world. It is larger than the Parthenon in Greece, though much less famous.

Back: Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles in Tripoli, Lebanon


Temple of Bacchus

Temple of Bacchus

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Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles

Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles

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100 Livres, 1988

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Front: Baiteddine Palace with inner courtyard

The palace was built by emir Bashir Shihab II in the period between 1788 and 1818. It was the emir's residence until 1840. Afterwards the building was used by the Ottoman authorities as the government residence. Later, under the French Mandate following World War I, it was used for local administrative purposes. The General Directorate of Antiquities restored the palace after it was declared a historic monument in 1934. After independence in 1943, the palace became the summer residence of the president of republic.

Back: Snowy cedars on Lebanon mountains


Baiteddine Palace

Baiteddine Palace

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250 Livres, 1986

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Front: Tyre al-bass Cemetery Gate

Back: Ruins at Tyras


Tyre al-bass Cemetery Gate

Tyre al-bass Cemetery Gate

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500 Livres, 1988

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Front: Beirut city aerial view

Back: Columns of Jupiter temple, Baalbek


Jupiter Temple

Jupiter temple

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1000 Livres, 1991

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Front: Map of Lebanon

Back: Columns of Baalbek; Bank of Lebanon building in Beirut

1980-1991 | 1998-2015

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Lebanon, situated on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea between Syria and Israel, was a French mandate. Became fully independent in 1943. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Lebanon.




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