Morocco will start issuing new series on 15 August 2013

The central bank of Morocco, Bank Al-Maghrib, has announced that four redesigned banknotes will be released on 15 August 2013 of 20, 50, 100 and 200 dirhams (see update 2 below!).

The front of the notes shows the image of King Mohammed VI and an image of the royal crown which changes colour when you tilt the note. Each note also shows a Moroccan door to the left of the portrait of the King. The themes of the new series are solidarity, development and modernity, diversity and openness. Other design elements:

Update 1 - 2 August 2013: Controversy has risen (translation) among the Amazigh or Berber community that their language, which has been acknowledged as one of the official languages in Morocco after the new constitution of 2011, has been omitted from the new banknotes. The Amazigh community calls upon the Bank Al-Maghrib to rectify this.

Update 2 - 2 August 2013: More details have been published on the dates the four new banknotes will be issued (the last two dates are unconfirmed but are based on the occassion they help to celebrate):

  • 200 dirham: 15 August 2013 - 14th anniversary of the coronation of King Mohamed VI
  • 100 dirham: 21 August 2013 - Youth Day and birthday of King Mohammed VI
  • 50 dirham: 6 November 2013 - anniversary of the Green March
  • 20 dirham: 11 January 2014 - independance day

Steven Friday 26 July 2013 at 09:23 am | | news
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