• 1 Lek 1964, KM# 43, Albania
  • 1 Lek 1964, KM# 43, Albania
Obverse

Emblem of the People's Republic of Albania, country name in Albanian above, dates below.

Emblem of the People's Republic of Albani depicted double-headed black eagle surrounded with wheat ears. Over the heads of the eagle shone a red, five-pointed star is the universal symbol of communism.

The Congress of Përmet, was a meeting of the Albanian communist leaders in May 24, 1944, in Përmet, Albania, which elected a Provisional Government. The congress was modeled after the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia.

The double-headed eagle was borrowed from the banner of the Byzantine Empire. The eagle was used for heraldic purposes in the Middle Ages by a number of noble families in Albania and became the symbol of the Albanians. The Kastrioti's coat of arms, depicting a black double-headed eagle on a red field, became famous when he led a revolt against the Ottoman Empire resulting in the independence of Albania from 1443 to 1479. This was the flag of the League of Lezhë, which was the first unified Albanian state in the Middle Ages and the oldest Parliament with extant records.

SHQIPËRI
24 MAJ 1944
⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 1964 ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Reverse

Value between a wreath, five stars above.

⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆
1
LEK

Edge

1 Lek

People's Socialist Republic
KM# 43
Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Weight 2.3 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Thickness 2.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation (CBPMC)

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