The Afghani is the currency of Afghanistan. It is divided into 100 pulse. Its ISO code is AFN. Today there are several banknotes with the values 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100,500 and 1000 Afghani. The DA Afghanistan Bank issues these notes.
100,000 of Afghanis are colloquially known as a “lakh”. However, it is still the case today that the Afghan people still speak of the rupee when it comes to the national currency.
History of the Afghan Currency
The previous ISO code for the Afghani, introduced in 1926, was AFA. The Afghani replaced the rupee, which had served as a means of payment for centuries even in Afghanistan. The exchange ratio at that time was 11:10.
Already in the 1920’s there was an interruption in the expression of these denominations, when the old currency of Afghanistan, the Pul, was reintroduced in 1929 by none other than King Habibullah Kalakani.
The coins of the Pul were minted in copper from 1926 to 1937. But already in 1938 there was a minting in copper-nickel and bronze, then from 1973 in steel and from 1978 to 2003 in aluminum-bronze.
The Afghani itself was minted in silver from 1926 to 1937. In the two following years 1957 and 1958, it was minted in aluminum, 1961 in steel, 1978 to 2003 in copper-nickel and from 2004 again in steel. As far as the coins are concerned, the Afghani has a “long history”, although it must be clearly stated that some memorial coins were made in silver.
At the end of 2002 even the old ISO code AFA was changed. The new ISO code at that time was AFN. The exchange ratio at that time was 1: 1000.
Exchange into Afghani
Many tourists will ask themselves, before traveling to Afghanistan, at what exchange rate the Afghani can be exchanged in Germany. This can be easily determined with the currency converter. In most cases, the current exchange rates are displayed, and the value of the desired euro amount is also converted directly.
As with most trips abroad, it is probably better to exchange the majority of the vacation money in Afghanistan, as the exchange rates are usually better here than in Germany.