Sahrawi peseta

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Sahrawi peseta
البيزيتا الصحراوي (Arabic)
Peseta Saharaui (Spanish)
ISO 4217 code EHP
Central bank Polisario Front
User(s) Western Sahara Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Inflation NA%
 Source The World Factbook.
Pegged with Euro (166.386 Pesetas = 1 €)
Subunit
 1/100 céntimo
Symbol ₧ (rare, see Spanish peseta) / Ptas.
Coins 1, 2, 5, 50, 100, 200, 500 pesetas

The Sahrawi peseta (Arabic: البيزيتا الصحراوي‎, Spanish: Peseta Saharaui) is the currency of the partially recognized Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. It is divided in 100 céntimos, although coins with this denomination have never been minted, nor have banknotes been printed.

The first Sahrawi pesetas were minted in 1990, but they were not adopted as the national coin of Western Sahara until 1997. As this territory is mostly controlled by Morocco, the circulating currency in that part of the country is the Moroccan dirham, with Algerian dinar and Mauritanian ouguiya circulating alongside the Sahrawi peseta in the Sahrawi refugee camps and the SADR-controlled part of Western Sahara.

As it is not an official currency and not circulating, the Change Rate is not really realistic. Despite this, Sahrawi Peseta has been pegged at par to Spanish Peseta, and when the latter was phased out by the Euro, the rate became 1€ for 166.386 Pts.

Coins[edit]

Non-commemorative coins are supposedly designated for circulation. They are made from cupronickel. The denominations are: 1, 2, 5, 50, 100, 200 and 500 pesetas.

Denomination Year Metal Diameter
(mm.)
Weight
(gr.)
Obverse Reverse Image
1 Peseta 1992 Cu+Ni 17.00 2.99
Bedouin and dromedary
TRANSPORTE TIPICO
النقل التقليدي
Value
Coat of Arms
REPUBLICA ARABE SAHARAUI DEMOCRATICA
1 Peseta Sahara.jpg
2 Pesetas 1992 Cu+Ni 20.00 3.51
Bedouin and dromedary
TRANSPORTE TIPICO
النقل التقليدي
Value
Coat of Arms
REPUBLICA ARABE SAHARAUI DEMOCRATICA
2 Pesetas Sahara.jpg
5 Pesetas 1992 Cu+Ni 21.00
Bedouin and dromedary
TRANSPORTE TIPICO
النقل التقليدي
Value
Coat of Arms
REPUBLICA ARABE SAHARAUI DEMOCRATICA
5 Pesetas Sahara.jpg
50 Pesetas 1990 Cu+Ni 24.40 6.4
Bedouin and dromedary
TRANSPORTE TIPICO
النقل التقليدي
Value
Coat of Arms
REPUBLICA ARABE SAHARAUI DEMOCRATICA

There have also been commemorative emissions in copper, silver and gold, as some of those shown here:

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