Peace talks have restarted between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan mediated by the US. Lets pray that peace can return to the Afghani people. Throughout its difficult history, Afghani banknotes have had a number of international influences.
History Of Afghanistan Banknotes
For many years, Afghanistan was in the English sphere of influence. As a result, the post WWII banknotes show this fact. Bradbury and Wilkinson and Thomas de la Rue printed most of their banknotes. The notes had the traditional layout of the country leader on the front and on the reverse, a building or important location showing the strength of the country. In 1973, Mohammed Daoud Khan led an overthrow of the King and established the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Subsequently, his effigy replaced Nur Muhammad Taraki on the banknotes. Even though the country had strong ties to the USSR, its banknotes were still produced by De La Rue.
In 1978, a coup overthrew Khan’s government and established an Islamic state. The banknotes significantly changes then also, removing any portrait. As a war raged until 1991, the banknotes remained basically the same, but the Afghani economy crumbled and the country faces inflation and devaluation of its currency. As a result, in 1993 a 10,000 and 50,000 Afghani was printed.
It wasn’t until 2002, and the establishment of the Interim government under Hamid Karzi replaced the older series with new banknotes. Printing has been done by G&D and De La Rue but, the designs remain very traditional. The In 2008, a modern holographic stripe was added to the 1,000 Afghani.
In conclusion, lets hope that the next banknote printed is a commemorative note celebrating a lasting peace in Afghanistan.