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Afghanistan Introduces First New Coins in Three Decades
April 11, 2005 - 10:40:42

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan launched its first new coins in three decades on Monday, a fresh sign of its emergence from almost as many years of fighting.

Worth one, two or five Afghanis (2.3, 4.7 or 12 U.S. cents; 1.8, 3.6 or nine euro cents) and minted in France, the coins will be accepted all over the country immediately, the Afghan central bank said.

Officials said the coins will be more durable than the existing one and five Afghani bank notes, which will continue to circulate, and would be handier for small payments such as bus fares.

The government introduced new German-printed bank notes in October 2002, less than a year after the fall of the Taliban, to end chaotic monetary policies under which three different Afghan currencies had circulated simultaneously.

The last coins, introduced in 1975 according to central bank chief Noorullah Delawari, were made worthless by runaway inflation after the collapse of Afghanistan's communist government in 1992 and fell out of use.

The new Afghani _ worth 1,000 old ones _ has proved more stable at just under 50 to the U.S. dollar, simplifying transactions which once required huge bags of cash and reducing the country's reliance on foreign currencies such as the dollar and the Pakistan rupee.

However, the currency owes some of its strength to Afghanistan's massive production of opium and heroin, its main exports, as well as billions in foreign aid which have driven strong economic growth since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

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