The dinar is the principal currency unit in several countries and was used historically in several more.
The modern dinar's historical antecedents are the gold dinar, the main coin of the medieval Islamic empires, first issued in AH 77 (696–697 AD) by Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan. The word is derived from the silver denarius coin of ancient Rome, first minted about 211 BC.
A gold coin known as the dīnāra was also introduced to India by the Kushan Empire in the 1st century AD, and adopted by the Gupta Empire and its successors up to the 6th century. The modern gold dinar is a projected bullion gold coin, so far not issued as official currency by any state.
Countries currently using a currency called "dinar" or similar
|Countries||Currency||ISO 4217 code|
|Macedonia||Macedonian denar||MKN (1992–1993)|
MKD (1993− )
Countries and regions which have previously used a currency called "dinar" in the 20th century
|Countries||Currency||ISO 4217 code||Used||Replaced by|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina dinar||BAD||1992–1998||Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark|
|Croatia||Croatian dinar||HRD||1991–1994||Croatian kuna|
|Iran||Iranian rial was divided into at first 1250 and then 100 dinars|
|Republika Srpska||Republika Srpska dinar||n/a||1992–1998||Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark|
|South Yemen||South Yemeni dinar||YDD||1965–1990||Yemeni rial|
|Sudan||Sudanese dinar||SDD||1992–2007||Sudanese pound|
| Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Yugoslav dinar||YUD (1965–1989)
The 8th century English king Offa of Mercia minted copies of Abbasid dinars struck in 774 by Caliph Al-Mansur with "Offa Rex" centered on the reverse. The moneyer visibly had no understanding of Arabic as the Arabic text contains many errors. Such coins may have been produced for trade with Islamic Spain.
- Economy of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
- Kelantanese dinar
- List of circulating currencies
- Middle East economic integration
- Oxford English Dictionary, Second edition, 1989, s.v. dinar; online version November 2010
- Versteegh, C. H. M.; Versteegh, Kees (2001). The Arabic Language. Edinburgh University Press. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-7486-1436-3.
- Friedberg, Arthur L.; Friedberg, Ira S. (2009). Gold Coins of the World: From Ancient Times to the Present. Coin & Currency Institute. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-87184-308-1.
- Mookerji, Radhakumud (2007). The Gupta Empire. Motilal Banarsidass. pp. 30–31. ISBN 978-81-208-0440-1.
- British Museum
- Medieval European Coinage By Philip Grierson p.330
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