Tripolitanian lira

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Tripolitanian lira
5 Tripolitanian lira note.jpg
Tripolitanian 5 lire note
Symbol MAL
1100 cent
Banknotes1 MAL, 2 MAL, 5 MAL, 10 MAL, 50 MAL, 100 MAL, 500 MAL, 1,000 MAL
Coinscirculating coins of the Italian lira
Replaced by Libyan pound
User(s)None, previously:
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg BMA/BA Tripolitania (1943-1951)
Flag of Libya.svg Tripolitania Province, Kingdom of Libya (1951-1952)
Central bank Military Authority in Tripolitania
Pegged with £1  sterling = 480 MAL
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.

The lira (Arabic : ليره, plural: lire, abbreviation: MAL), officially known as the Military Authority Lira, was the currency of the British zone of occupation (later Mandate Territory) in Libya between 1943 and 1951, and of the province of Tripolitania until early 1952. It was issued by the Military Authority in Tripolitania and circulated together with the Italian lira at par. This situation reflected that of Italy, where the AM-lira was minted by the United States. The Tripolitanian and the Italian lira were replaced in early 1952 by the Libyan pound at a rate of £L1 = 480 MAL. [1]

Paper money

No coins were issued for this currency, with old Italian coins still circulating, although heavily devalued. The 50 centesimo piece for example was worth just a quarter of a penny. Notes were issued in denominations of 1 lira and 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 lire.

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