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5 Lekë 1976, Albania

in Krause book Number: 42a
Years of issue: 1976
Signatures: no signature
Serie: 1976 Issue
Specimen of: 1976
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 125 х 65
Printer: China Banknote Printing and Minting, Shanghai

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5 Lekë 1976




Abbreviation of Albanian State Bank BSHSH, in a semicircle, near five-pointed star (repeated).


5 Lekë 1976

The banknote shows: a locomotive, on a bridge, and a truck.

More details:

H. Cegielski Poznań H. Cegielski Poznań

The banknote is the Polish locomotive Tkt48, wheel formula 1-4-1, assembly at the H. Cegielski plant, in Poznan, in 1951. In the railway slang was called "donkey". A total of 191 such machines were made. Apparently, several of them fell into Albania.

bishqem bishqem bishqem

On banknote is the Railway viaduct near the village of Bishqem, Albania. The settlement is located south of Tirana, near the city of Elbasan.

Data on the bridge - the year of construction, the architect - has not yet been found.


The truck on the banknote is not yet determined by me. I reviewed a lot of trucks of that time. What can I say - in the truck on banknote are separate parts of different cars - some Soviet ZIS-150 and YaAZ-205, some Chinese "Liberation", and even a little from Magirus (West Germany).

What confuses me - landing headlights low to the bumper..

In the photo, I put the YaAZ-205, if it were not for the headlamp landing, then I would assume that this truck is on the banknote, but so far there is no certainty.

At the bottom is an inscription::"Banka e Shtetit Shqiptar. I Paguhet Prurёsit Me Tё Parё".

In English: "Bills of Albanian State Bank should be accepted everywhere in the country".


5 Lekë 1976


Now about the ship on the banknote. Clearly, this is a cargo ship.

One solid banknote website claims that the vessel is a Dajti, made in Germany, 1960.

It seems to me that the second version can be allowed - on the banknote is the ship "Partizani".

I did not find the photo "Dajti", however I offer the photo "Partizani" to your attention.

Thanks to the site where I found info on the ships:

"Anijet e Flotës Tregëtare Shqiptare:

Tani këto quhen ish-anijet e Flotës Tregëtare Shqiptare. Janë të dhënat e 16 anijeve të shoqëruara me fotot e 11 prej tyre

Arbëria 16.350 ton, prodhuar në Suedi më 1975 – bllokuar në Turqi

Tirana 12.038 ton, prodhuar në Poloni më 1972 – bllokuar në Greqi

Vlora 12.341 ton, prodhuar në Itali më 1961 – jashtë përdorimit

Shkodra 12.501 ton, prodhuar në Itali 1961 – jashtë përdorimit

Durrësi 5.037 ton, prodhuar në Poloni 1961 – jashtë përdorimit

Dajti 4.581 ton, prodhuar në Gjermani 1960 – jashtë përdorimit

Skënderbeu 3.600 ton, prodhuar në Bullgari 1960 – peng në Itali pas eksodit

Mati 3.500 ton, prodhuar në Poloni 1960 – mbytur në Kostanca, Rumani

Partizani 3.556 ton, prodhuar në Poloni 1961 - jashtë përdorimit

Gjirokastra 2.700 ton, prodhuar në Durrës 1983 - shitur më 2006

Liria 2.500 ton, prodhuar në Poloni 1961 - jashtë përdorimit

Teuta 1711 ton, prodhurar në Itali 1960 – jashtë përdorimit

Korabi 1.500 ton, prodhuar në Itali 1965 – bllokuar më 2002 në Itali

Saranda 1.100 ton, prodhuar në Durrës 1984 – shitur më 2006

Sazani 500 ton, prodhuar në Gjermani 1960 – jashtë përdorimit

Butrinti 500 ton, prodhuar në Gjermani 1960 – jashtë" ( .alb)


Top, right is the Coat of arms of the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania 1946-1992.

"The coat of arms of the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania is an image of a black double-headed eagle, framed by two bunches of wheat ears, which have a five-pointed red star at the top and are tied at the bottom with a red ribbon on which the date" May 24, 1944 "is written."

Inscription at the bottom:"Ligja dёnon ata qё fabrikojnё dhe ndajne bileta tё fallsifikuara".

In English: "Forgery of state bills is punishable by law".


In 1965, notes (dated 1964) were introduced by the Banka e Shtetit Shqiptar in denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 lekë. A second series of notes was issued in 1976 when the country changed its name to the People's Socialist Republic.