Tripolitanian lira

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Tripolitanian lira
ليره (Arabic) lira tripolitana (Italian)
5 Tripolitanian lira note.jpg
A 5 Tripolitanian lira note
 1/100 cent
Plural lire
Symbol MAL
Banknotes 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000 lire
Coins circulating coins of the Italian lira
User(s) None, previously:
United Kingdom BMA/BA Tripolitania (1943-1951)
Libya Tripolitania Province, Kingdom of Libya (1951-1952)
Central bank Military Authority in Tripolitania

The Tripolitanian lira (Arabic: ليره‎‎, plural: lire), also known as the Military Authority Lira, was the currency of the British zone of occupation (later Mandate Territory) in Libya between 1943 and 1951, and of the province of Tripolitania until early 1952. It was issued by the "Military Authority in Tripolitania", known popularly as "MAL" and circulated together with the Italian lira at par. This situation reflected that of Italy, where the AM-lira was minted by the United States. The Tripolitanian and the Italian lira were replaced in early 1952 by the Libyan pound at a rate of 1 pound = 480 lire.[1]

Paper Money[edit]

No coins were issued for this currency, old Italian coins theorically being still circulating, although heavily devalued. Notes were issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 lire.


  1. ^ Libya: Kingdom regional issues (1951-1969). Revenue Reverend, 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2014.