Sudanese pound

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Sudanese pound
جنيه سوداني (Arabic)
Current coins
ISO 4217
CodeSDG (numeric:938)
Subunit 0.01
Symbol None official. The abbreviations LS or ج.س are used
1100 piastre (qirsh)
piastre (qirsh)PT
BanknotesLS 2, LS 5, LS 10, LS 20, LS 50, LS 100, LS 200, LS 500, LS 1,000
Coins1 PT, 5 PT, 10 PT, 20 PT, 50 PT, LS 1 [1]
User(s)Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan
Central bank Central Bank of Sudan
Inflation 16.9%
Source, 2016 est.

The Sudanese pound (Arabic: جنيه سوداني"Jineh Sudani"; abbreviation: LS [2] in Latin, ج.س in Arabic, historically also £Sd; [3] ISO code: SDG) is the currency of the Republic of the Sudan. The pound is divided into 100 piastres (or qirsh (قرش) in Arabic). It is issued by the Central Bank of Sudan.


The pound fell for the first time since 1997 after the United States imposed economic sanctions on Sudan. The Sudanese pound continued its decline to an unprecedented number, falling to LS 53 against the dollar. This situation, which drained all economic measures, led to heavy losses in the external repercussions of the Sudan as a whole, in the light of the government cut, interrupted by some of the failed actions announced by the Central Bank of Sudan, a severe shortage of liquidity.

The Sudanese pound fell against the US dollar after the Central Bank of Sudan announced the lifting of the cash reserve to counter inflation. Since the secession of South Sudan in 2011, Sudan has suffered from a scarcity of foreign exchange for the loss of three-quarters of its oil resources and 80% of foreign exchange resources. The Sudanese government quoted the official price of the dollar from LS 6.09 to LS 18.07 in the budget of 2018 and LS 375.11 in March 2021.


First pound (SDP)

The first pound to circulate in Sudan was the Egyptian pound. The late 19th-century rulers Muhammad ibn Abdalla (the Mahdi) and Abdallahi ibn Muhammad (the Khalifa) both issued coins which circulated alongside the Egyptian currency. When Anglo-Egyptian rule in Sudan ceased on January 1, 1956, and Sudan became an independent country, a distinct Sudanese currency (the Sudanese pound) was created, replacing the Egyptian pound at par.

The Egyptian pound was subdivided into 100 piastres (Arabic: قروش, singular qirsh, قرش, English: piastre, abbreviation: PT). The piastre used to be subdivided into 40 para, but decimalisation following the 1886 Egyptian currency reform established a 110 PT, which came to be known as a millim (abbreviated to mm/mms in Sudan) (ملّيمات, singular: ملّيم). Due to this legacy, the post 1956 Sudanese pound was divided into 100 PT, each subdivided into 10mms.

During 1958-1978 the pound was pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of US$2.87156 per LS 1. Thereafter, the pound underwent successive devaluations.

The pound was replaced in 1992 by the dinar (SDD) at a rate of SD 1 = LS 10. While the dinar circulated in northern Sudan, in Southern Sudan, prices were still negotiated in pounds, whilst in Rumbek and Yei, the Kenyan shilling was more widely accepted as payment.

Second pound (SDG)

According to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the government of the Republic of the Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) shall adopt a program to issue a new currency as soon as is practical during the Interim Period. The design of the new currency shall reflect the cultural diversity of Sudan. Until a new currency has been issued with the approval of the Parties on the recommendations of the CBOS, the circulating currencies in Southern Sudan shall be recognised. The second pound began introduction on 9 or 10 January 2007, and became the only legal tender as of July 1, 2007. [4] [5] [6] It replaced the dinar at a rate of LS 1 = SD 100 (or 1 SDG = 1,000 SDP).

Third pound

The third edition of the Sudanese pound was established on 24 July 2011 following the secession of South Sudan from the Republic of Sudan. [7] [8] On 1 September 2011, the Sudanese pound ceased to be legal tender in South Sudan.

For a wider history surrounding currency in the region, see British currency in the Middle East.

The Sudanese pound was devalued on 23 February 2021, with the official (indicative) exchange rate set to LS 375.08 per US dollar (from the fixed rate of LS 55), closing the gap between the commercial and black market exchange rates. [9] [10] [11]


Local coinage in Sudan: issues of the Mahdi and Khalifa and of Darfur

In 1885, the Mahdi issued silver coins for 10 PT and 20 PT and gold 100 PT. These were followed by issues of the Khalifa in denominations of 10 para, 1 PT, 2 PT, 2+12 PT, 4 PT, 5 PT, 10 PT and 20 PT. These coins were initially minted in silver in 1885. Over the following eleven years, severe debasement occurred, leading to billon, then silver-washed copper and finally copper coins being issued. The coinage ceased in 1897.

During 1908–1914, a local coinage was issued in Darfur in western Sudan. These were issued under the authority of Ali Dinar and resembled contemporary Egyptian coins.

First pound

In 1956, coins were introduced in denominations of 1mm, 2mms, 5mms and 10mms, 2 PT, 5 PT and 10 PT. The millim denominations were struck in bronze, whilst the piastre denominations were in cupro-nickel. The 2mms, 5mms and 10mms were scallop shaped, although a round 5mms was introduced in 1971. The 1mm and 2mms were last struck in 1969, the last 5 millim in 1978. In 1983, brass 1 PT, 2 PT and 5 PT, a reduced size 10 PT and a cupro-nickel 20 PT were introduced. In 1987, aluminium-bronze 1 PT, 5 PT, 10 PT, 20 PT, 25 PT and 50 PT and LS 1 were introduced, with the 25 PT and 50 PT being square and octagonal in shape, respectively. In 1989, stainless-steel 25 PT and 50 PT and LS 1 were issued. This is the general pattern, in addition to these coins there are collector-oriented issues and various oddities. See popular coin catalogues for details.

Sudanese dinar

See Sudanese dinar.

Second pound

Coins in denominations of 1 PT, 5 PT, 10 PT, 20 PT and 50 PT were introduced alongside the circulating dinar coins. The Central Bank of Sudan states that the 5 PT coins are yellow coloured (perhaps aluminium-bronze) and the 10 PT is silver coloured (made of stainless steel). The 20 PT and 50 PT coins are bi-metallic, with the 20 PT yellow ringed with a silver coloured centre and the 50 PT the opposite.


First pound

One-pound note, series 1987
Sudan 1 pound 1987 obverse.jpg Sudan 1 pound 1987 reverse.jpg

In April 1957, the Sudan Currency Board introduced notes for 25 PT, 50 PT, LS 1, LS 5 and LS 10. [12] Note production was taken over by the Bank of Sudan in 1961. LS 20 notes were introduced in 1981, followed by denominations of LS 50 in 1984 and LS 100 in 1988. [13]

Sudanese dinar

When introduced on 8 June 1992, the Sudanese dinar replaced the first Sudanese pound at a rate of 1:10. [12]

Questionable new notes

In 2005, the National Public Radio of the United States reported that forces in southern Sudan were printing pound notes bearing the name "Bank of New Sudan", but there is no such bank. In addition, numbers of the banknotes had duplicate serial numbers. Their legitimacy is questionable. [14] [15] [16] [17]

Second pound

When introduced on 10 January 2007, the second Sudanese pound replaced the Sudanese dinar at a rate of 1:100. This new currency was mandated by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement to end the country's 21- year civil war. Deputy Governor Badr-Eddin Mahmoud said the cost to print the new currency was US$156 million. [12] Banknotes of LS 1, LS 2, LS 5, LS 10, LS 20 and LS 50 were issued. [5] The LS 1 note was replaced by a coin at the end of November 2011.

Banknotes of the Sudanese pound (2006 issue)
ImageValueObverseReverseWatermarkDate of issue
LS 1Central Bank of Sudan building, Khartoum; PigeonPigeonsPigeon and electrotype ℒ𝓈 1July 9, 2006
LS 2PotteryMusical instrumentsPigeon and electrotype ℒ𝓈 2July 9, 2006
LS 5Ornate wall; satelliteHydroelectric damPigeon and electrotype ℒ𝓈 5July 9, 2006
LS 10Tree in Tabaldia, clasped hands, watusi cattle, mountains, and camelPeople's Palace, KhartoumSecretary bird and electrotype ℒ𝓈 10July 9, 2006
LS 20Machinery; oil derricksFactory; radio antenna; fruit (bananas, papayas, flowers, pineapples, citrus, grapes, corn)Secretary bird and electrotype ℒ𝓈 20July 9, 2006
LS 50Wildlife (rhinoceros, elephants, ape in tree, water buffalo, zebras, and giraffe)Sheep, cow, goat, camelsSecretary bird and electrotype ℒ𝓈 50July 9, 2006

Third Pound

Banknotes of the third pound are similar in style to those of the second pound but with changes in colour scheme, the removal of certain symbols associated with the south and a redrawn map of the country after the secession of the south. [18]

Banknotes of the Sudanese pound (2011 Modified colors issue)
ImageValueObverseReverseDate of issue
LS 2PotteryMusical instrumentsJune 2011
LS 5Ornate wall; satelliteHydroelectric damJune 2011
LS 10Tree in Tabaldia, clasped hands, mountains, and camelPeople's Palace, KhartoumJune 2011
LS 20Machinery; oil derricksFactory; radio antenna; fruit (bananas, papayas, flowers, pineapples, citrus, grapes, corn)June 2011
LS 50Wildlife (rhinoceros, elephants, ape in tree, water buffalo, zebras, and giraffe)Sheep, cow, goat, camelsJune 2011
LS 50Headquarters of the Central Bank of Sudan, standard gold bars of 400 oz. (12.4 kg), map of SudanFishing boats, CamelsApril 2018
LS 100Pyramids of Meroë Meroë hydroelectric damJanuary 2019
LS 200WildlifeRed Sea underwater faunaFebruary 2019
LS 200Modern building, hutsPeople with blackboardAugust 2019
LS 500Satellite dishes, National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) Tower, KhartoumRefineryMarch 2019
LS 1,000Sorghum plant, grain silosSorghum plant, waterfall, two farmers ploughing a field with cattleJune 2019

New banknotes

On 1 January 2019, the Central Bank of Sudan announced Sudanese pound banknotes of LS 100, LS 200 and LS 500 will be released this month as the country grapples with a severe economic crisis and cash shortage. [19]

A new LS 100 banknote was unveiled on 28 January 2019 by the Central Bank of Sudan. [20]

A new LS 200 Sudanese pounds banknote was unveiled on 5 February 2019 by the Central Bank of Sudan. [21]

A new LS 500 banknote dated March 2019 was issued in 2019 and a LS 1,000 banknote dated June 2019 was issued on 7 June 2022

Current SDG exchange rates

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1st Sudanese pound
Preceded by:
Egyptian pound
Reason: independence (in 1956)
Ratio: at par
Currency of Sudan
1957 June 8, 1992
Succeeded by:
Sudanese dinar
Location: Northern Sudan
Reason: inflation
Ratio: 1 dinar = 10 (1st) pounds
Currency of Southern Sudan
1992 January 2007
Note: see Second Sudanese Civil War
Succeeded by:
2nd Sudanese pound
Location: Southern Sudan
Reason: currency unification (peace treaty)
Ratio: 1 (2nd) pound = 1,000 (1st) pounds
2nd Sudanese pound
Preceded by:
Sudanese dinar
Location: Northern Sudan
Reason: inflation and currency unification (peace treaty)
Ratio: 1 (2nd) pound = 100 dinars
Currency of Sudan
January 2007 2011
Succeeded by:
Third Sudanese pound
Location: (North) Sudan
Reason: independence of South Sudan
Ratio: at par
Note: same ISO code with second pound
Preceded by:
1st Sudanese pound
Location: Southern Sudan
Reason: currency unification (peace treaty)
Ratio: 1 (2nd) pound = 1,000 (1st) pounds
Succeeded by:
South Sudanese pound
Location: South Sudan
Reason: independence of South Sudan
Ratio: at par