The Jordanian dinar (Arabic: دينار أردني; code: JOD; unofficially abbreviated as JD) has been the currency of Jordan since 1950. The dinar is divided into 10 dirhams, 100 qirsh (also called piastres) or 1000 fulus. It is pegged to the US dollar.
|دينار أردني (Arabic)|
|1⁄100||qirsh or piastre|
|Banknotes||1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinars|
|Coins||½, 1, 2½, 5, 10 piastres/qirsh, ¼, ½, 1 dinar|
|Unofficial user(s)||West Bank|
|Central bank||Central Bank of Jordan|
|Source||The World Factbook, 2009 est.|
|Pegged with||US dollar |
US$ = 0.708 JOD (buy)
US$ = 0.710 JOD (sell)
The Central Bank of Jordan commenced operations in 1964 and became the sole issuer of Jordanian currency, in place of the Jordan Currency Board.
In 1927, the British administration of the Palestinian Mandate established the Palestine Currency Board which issued the Palestine pound which was the official currency in both Mandatory Palestine and the Emirate of Transjordan. Though Jordan became an independent kingdom on 25 May 1946, it continued to use the Palestinian pound for awhile. In 1949, it passed the Provisional Act No. 35 of 1949, which established the Jordan Currency Board as the sole authority in the kingdom entitled to issue Jordanian currency, called the Jordanian dinar. The Board was based in London and consisted of a president and four members, and began issuing Jordanian dinars in 1949 and was exchangeable for Palestinian pounds at parity.
After Jordan annexed the West Bank in April 1950, the dinar replaced the Palestinian pound. On 1 July 1950, the Jordanian dinar became the kingdom’s official currency and legal tender. The use of the Palestine pound ceased in the country on 30 September 1950. The Central Bank of Jordan was established in 1959 and took over note production in 1964. In 1967, Jordan lost control of the West Bank, but the Jordanian dinar continued to be used there. It continues to be widely used in the West Bank alongside the Israeli shekel.
Coins were introduced in 1949 in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 fils. The first issue of 1 fils were mistakenly minted with the denomination given as "1 fil". 20 fils coins were minted until 1965, with 25 fils introduced in 1968 and 1⁄4 dinar coins in 1970. The 1 fils coin was last minted in 1985. In 1996, smaller 1⁄4 dinar coins were introduced alongside 1⁄2 and 1 dinar coins.
Until 1992, coins were denominated in Arabic using fils, qirsh, dirham and dinar but in English only in fils and dinar. Since 1992, the fils and dirham are no longer used in the Arabic and the English denominations are given in dinar and either qirsh or piastres.
|Value||Diameter||Weight||Composition||Edge||Obverse||Reverse||First Minted Year||Common Reference|
|1 qirsh||25 mm||5.5 g||Copper-plated steel||Plain||Abdullah II facing right||Lattice design; Eastern Arabic numerals 1||2000|
|5 piastres (qirsh)||26 mm||5 g||Nickel-plated steel||Milled||Abdullah II facing right||Lattice design, Eastern Arabic numerals 5||2000||50 fils 'Shilin'|
|10 piastres (qirsh)||28 mm||8 g||Lattice design, Eastern Arabic numerals 10||100 fils, 'Bareezah'|
|1⁄4 dinar||26.5 mm|
|7.4 g||Brass||Plain||Abdullah II facing right||Leaf design, Eastern Arabic numerals 1⁄4||2004||Rub'a1, 25 piastres, 250 fils|
|1⁄2 dinar||29 mm|
|9.6 g||Ring: Aluminium bronze|
|Plain||Abdullah II facing right||Leaf design, Eastern Arabic numerals 1⁄2||2000||Nusf2, 50 piastres, 500 fils|
In 1949, banknotes were issued by the Jordan Currency Board in denominations of 1⁄2, 1, 5, 10 and 50 dinars. They bore the country's official name, "The Hashemite Kingdom of the Jordan". 20 dinar notes were introduced in 1977, followed by 50 dinars in 1999. 1⁄2 dinar notes were replaced by coins in 1999.
|The Fourth Series of the Central Bank of Jordan|
|Obverse||Reverse||Value||Dimensions||Main Color||Obverse||Reverse||Printed Date||Issued Date||Watermark|
|1 dinar||133 × 74 mm||Lime and green||Hussein bin Ali||Great Arab Revolt||2002|
|March 30, 2003||Sharif Hussein bin Ali|
|5 dinars||137 × 74 mm||Brick orange||Abdullah bin al-Hussein I||Ma’an Palace||December 22, 2002||Abdullah I bin al-Hussein|
|10 dinars||141 × 74 mm||Blue||Talal bin Abdullah||First Jordanian Parliament Building||Talal bin Abdullah|
|20 dinars||145 × 74 mm||Cyan||Hussein bin Talal||Dome of the Rock||February 2, 2003||Hussein bin Talal|
|50 dinars||149 × 74 mm||Pink and brown||Abdullah bin al-Hussein II||Raghadan Palace||Abdullah II bin al-Hussein|
Fixed exchange rate
Since October 23, 1995, the dinar has officially been pegged to the IMF's special drawing rights (SDRs), while in practice it was fixed at 1 U.S. dollar = 0.709 dinar most of the time, which is approximately 1 dinar = 1.41044 dollars. The Central Bank buys U.S. dollars at 0.708 dinar per dollar, and sells U.S. dollars at 0.710 dinar per dollar.
|Current JOD exchange rates|
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A sample exchange rate of Jordanian dinars to US dollars:
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