The lek is the official currency of Albania. The official currency symbol: L. The currency’s name is derived from Alexander the Great, whose name is shortened to Leka in the Albanian language.
Three lek coins have been issued in Albania. The first lek coins were introduced in 1926 by the National Bank of Albania (Banka Kombëtare e Shqipnis). The second series was issued in 1969, and the third and last one was introduced in 1995, with denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lekë, followed by a 100 lekë coin in 2000.
The 50 Albanian leke coin front design features the image of the King Gent of Illyria mounted on horseback, the name of the country and the issue date. The reverse of the coin presents the denomination and olive branches. This coin is part of the 1996 – 2000 series, its rim is fluted, and its color is silver.
Text:REPUBLIKA E SHQIPERISE · 1996 GENTI MBRETI ILIR, 50 LEKE.