Libyan central bank issues first polymer banknotes

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The branch of the Central Bank of Libya based in Tripoli has launched its first polymer banknote, one of the first to be put into circulation in the Middle East.

Libya has two central banks as a result of the civil war that followed the overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

UK-based banknote-printing firm De La Rue has been chosen to supply the substrate for the one dinar note, which will enter circulation later this year.

“We are delighted with the one dinar design and are pleased

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