Currently we do not buy Afghanistan Afghanis.

AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis

Monetary System

1923: 1 Afghan afghani (AFA) = 100 pul
07.10.2002: 1 Afghan afghani (AFN) = 100 pul

2018 (2021) Issues

According to a ToloNews article dated 6 January 2020, Da Afghanistan Bank awarded a US$8.5 million contract to the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) for 10 billion afghanis in new notes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, and 100 afghanis to be delivered within six to 18 months.
On 1 February 2021, the Polish embassy in New Delhi, India announced that PWPW had delivered to Afghanistan 380 million newly printed banknotes that are like the preceding issues, but with anti-soiling coating Fortis Pro and Coat4Note varnish, and with solid, not windowed, security threads.

Description: 10.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 136 x 56 mm

Yellow-green. Front: Arabic text; mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki in Kandahar; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; monument to fallen Afghan soldiers in the Wars of Independence and Victory Arch in Paghman Gardens near Kabul. Solid security thread. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (PWPW). 136 x 56 mm. Paper.

Description: 20.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 140 x 58 mm

Brown. Front: Arabic text; mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud in Ghazni; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; Arg-e-Shahi (Citadel of the King) in Kabul. Solid security thread. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (PWPW). 140 x 58 mm. Paper.

2016 Issues

These notes are like the preceding issues, but with a revised bank seal at upper right front.

The old bank seal in use since 1979 has curved text on a shaded background (left), whereas the revised bank seal of 2016 has a plain background (right).

Description: 10.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 136 x 56 mm

Yellow-green. Front: Arabic text; mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki in Kandahar; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; monument to fallen Afghan soldiers in the Wars of Independence and Victory Arch in Paghman Gardens near Kabul. Windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 136 x 56 mm. Paper.

Description: 20.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 140 x 58 mm

Brown. Front: Arabic text; mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud in Ghazni; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; Arg-e-Shahi (Citadel of the King) in Kabul. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 140 x 58 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 144 x 60 mm

Dark green. Front: Arabic text; Shah-do-Shamshira Mosque in Kabul; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; mountain road in Salang Pass in the Hindu Kush mountains. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 144 x 60 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 148 x 62 mm

Purple. Front: Arabic text; Pul-e Khishti Mosque in Kabul; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; Arch of Qala-e-Bost in Lashkar Gah. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 148 x 62 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 152 x 64 mm

Blue. Front: Arabic text; Masjid-i Jami’ (Friday Mosque) in Herat; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; control tower at Kandahar Airport (KDH). Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 152 x 64 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 158 x 66 mm

Orange. Front: Arabic text; Blue Mosque in Mazari Sharif (Noble Shrine); bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; mausoleum of Ahmad Shah Durrani in Kandahar. 12-mm wide holographic stripe. 3-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 1000and ornament. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki, electrotype ١٠٠٠and ornament, and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 158 x 66 mm. Paper.

2008 – 2012 Issues

The 500- and 1,000-afghani notes are like the preceding issues, but with repositioned holographic stripes, windowed threads, and registration devices. The notes are also machine readable, of better quality, and are expected to last four years in circulation, as opposed to the three-year lifespan of the preceding issues which will be gradually replaced as they wear out.
On the other denominations, the engravings and underprint colors have changes slightly, Cornerstone watermarks added, and latent images at right front have been replaced by embossing.

Description: 10.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 136 x 56 mm

Yellow-green. Front: Arabic text; mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki in Kandahar; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; monument to fallen Afghan soldiers in the Wars of Independence and Victory Arch in Paghman Gardens near Kabul. Windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 136 x 56 mm. Paper.

On preceding issues of the 10-afghani note, the border design at lower center has areas which are white. On the note dated 2008, these areas have been filled in with brown and green ink.

Description: 20.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 140 x 58 mm

Brown. Front: Arabic text; mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud in Ghazni; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; Arg-e-Shahi (Citadel of the King) in Kabul. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 140 x 58 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 144 x 60 mm

Dark green. Front: Arabic text; Shah-do-Shamshira Mosque in Kabul; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; mountain road in Salang Pass in the Hindu Kush mountains. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 144 x 60 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 148 x 62 mm

Purple. Front: Arabic text; Pul-e Khishti Mosque in Kabul; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; Arch of Qala-e-Bost in Lashkar Gah. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 148 x 62 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 152 x 64 mm

Blue. Front: Arabic text; Masjid-i Jami’ (Friday Mosque) in Herat; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; control tower at Kandahar Airport (KDH). Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 152 x 64 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 158 x 66 mm

Orange. Front: Arabic text; Blue Mosque in Mazari Sharif (Noble Shrine); bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; mausoleum of Ahmad Shah Durrani in Kandahar. 8.25-mm wide holographic stripe. 1.25-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 1000. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 158 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 158 x 66 mm

Orange. Front: Arabic text; Blue Mosque in Mazari Sharif (Noble Shrine); bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; mausoleum of Ahmad Shah Durrani in Kandahar. 12-mm wide holographic stripe. 3-mm wide windowed security thread with demetalized 1000and ornament. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki, electrotype ١٠٠٠and ornament, and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 158 x 66 mm. Paper.

2004 Issues

Unlike the 10- to 100-afghani notes which were also issued dated 2004, the two largest denominations are more than just new date/signature varieties. The designs have changed at the far left and right on both sides.

Description: 500.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 152 x 64 mm

Blue. Front: Arabic text; Masjid-i Jami’ (Friday Mosque) in Herat; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; control tower at Kandahar Airport (KDH). Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 152 x 64 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 158 x 66 mm

Orange. Front: Arabic text; Blue Mosque in Mazari Sharif (Noble Shrine); bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; mausoleum of Ahmad Shah Durrani in Kandahar. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 1000. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 158 x 66 mm. Paper.

2002 – 2004 Issues

In December 1996, shortly after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s institutions, Ehsanullah Ehsan, the chairman of the Taliban’s central bank, declared most Afghani notes in circulation to be worthless and cancelled the contract with Goznak, the Russian firm that had been printing the currency since 1992. Ehsan accused the firm of sending new shipments of Afghani notes to ousted president Burhanuddin Rabbani in northern Takhar province.
Between 7 October 2002 (the anniversary of the start of the US-led bombing campaign that brought about the fall of the Taliban regime) and 2 January 2003, a new afghani was introduced, replacing the preceding afghani at two distinct rates. Issues of the government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani were replaced at a rate of 1,000:1 to the new afghani. The issues of Abdul Rashid Dostum (the Northern Alliance) were replaced at a rate of 2,000:1 to the new afghani.

Description: 10.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 136 x 56 mm

Yellow-green. Front: Arabic text; mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki in Kandahar; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; monument to fallen Afghan soldiers in the Wars of Independence and Victory Arch in Paghman Gardens near Kabul. Windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 136 x 56 mm. Paper.

Description: 20.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 140 x 58 mm

Brown. Front: Arabic text; mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud in Ghazni; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; Arg-e-Shahi (Citadel of the King) in Kabul. Windowed security thread with demetalized 20. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 140 x 58 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 144 x 60 mm

Dark green. Front: Arabic text; Shah-do-Shamshira Mosque in Kabul; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; mountain road in Salang Pass in the Hindu Kush mountains. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 144 x 60 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 148 x 62 mm

Purple. Front: Arabic text; Pul-e Khishti Mosque in Kabul; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; Arch of Qala-e-Bost in Lashkar Gah. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 148 x 62 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 152 x 64 mm

Blue. Front: Arabic text; Masjid-i Jami’ (Friday Mosque) in Herat; bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; control tower at Kandahar Airport (KDH). Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 152 x 64 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 AFN – Afghanistan Afghanis Size: 158 x 66 mm

Orange. Front: Arabic text; Blue Mosque in Mazari Sharif (Noble Shrine); bank seal. Back: Arabic and English text; mausoleum of Ahmad Shah Durrani in Kandahar. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 1000. Watermark: Mausoleum of Mirwais Khan Hotaki. Printer: (Giesecke & Devrient). 158 x 66 mm. Paper.

Afghan Treasury

After the signing of the Treaty of Rawalpindi ended the Third Anglo-Afghan War, on 19 August 1919, Amanullah Khan declared Afghanistan a sovereign state, independent of Britain.

The Afghanistan Bank
Da Afghanistan Bank

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) was established in 1939. For more information, visit www.centralbank.gov.af.

Extras

According to a ToloNews article dated 6 January 2020, Da Afghanistan Bank has awarded a US$8.5 million contract to the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) for 10 billion afghanis in new notes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, and 100 afghanis to be delivered within six to 18 months.