Qindarkë: coin from People's Socialist Republic of Albania


20 qindarka (singular: qindarkë), 1988: People's Socialist Republic of Albania

20 qindarka, 1988: People's Socialist Republic of Albania


Typical for the countries of the Warsaw Pact, the basic design of the exchange coin: ears of wheat.


Coat of arms (rather, State Emblem) of Albania (black double-headed eagle) model 1946-1991 with "24 Maj 1944" (May 24, 1944 — the date of the Anti-fascist National Liberation Council, whose members declared themselves the supreme power in Albania).

The Kastrioti family in Albania had a double-headed eagle as their emblem in the 14th and 15th centuries. It was under flags with such a symbol that a large-scale revolt against the Ottoman Empire resulting in the independence of Albania in 1443-1479 period took place. The result of this struggle was the formation of the first unified Albanian state in the Middle Ages.

  • Aluminium: 22 mm - 1.6 g
  • Reference price: 2.7$

COIN QINDARKË — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. ALBANIA (1964-...): qindarkë = 1/100 lek

About the name of the coin qindarkë (plural: qindarka): the name "qindarkë" comes from the Albanian word "qind" (from Latin "centum"), which translates as "hundredth part, 1/100". That is, you can put the names of coins in one row: cent, centime, céntimo, centavo, qindarkë...
But there is also another version: about the origin of the name of the coin from the Arabic term "قِنْطَار" ("qinṭār"), which indicates a measure of weight in the countries of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

By the way, from a formal point of view, there are three different denominations of coins: Qindarkë, Qindar Leku and Qindar Ar.