Like today, 81 years ago, in Albania, silver coins were thrown into circulation for the last time.
On August 22, 1939, the National Bank of Albania (1925-1945), put silver coins into circulation for the last time. They were of 5 and 10 lek denominations. Under the Viceroyalty Decree and the new Monetary Regulation Act of 1939, they replaced the silver coins 1 and two gold francs, issued in 1926, 1927, 1935 and 1937. Subsequently, the circulation coins were printed only in metal. simple.
The page of these coins, as described in the law, bears the bust in profile of King Victor Emmanuel III with the inscriptions "VITT • EM • III RE E IMP • KINGS FOR •". The back bears the double-headed eagle of Skanderbeg and two lictor bandages on its side, as well as the inscriptions: "SHQIPNI 1939 XVII 5 LEK / 10 LEK ALBANIA" and the name of the engraver G. Romagnoli. The edges of the coin have the inscription "ALBANIAN KINGDOM".