ALEPPO, Syria — The Central Bank of Syria issued a 50-pound coin Dec. 26 that will be circulated in parallel with the 50-pound banknotes already on the market. Bank officials said the move seeks to meet the Syrian market’s need for currency, particularly in low denominations. The officials said one side displays the Syrian Arab Republic’s coat of arms and issuance date and the other shows the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the coin's value, which is the equivalent of about 10 US cents.
In June, the bank had expressed its intention to issue a new 50-pound coin, saying it would enter circulation in late 2018. The bank said one reason it was issuing coins was that so many 50-pound banknotes circulating in the market have become worn out.