The lek is the official currency of Albania. It was subdivided into 100 qindarka, but qindarka are no longer issued; the lek was introduced as the first Albanian currency in February 1926. Before Albania was a country without a currency, adhering to a gold standard for the fixation of commercial values. Before the First World War the Ottoman Turkish piastre was in full circulation, but following the military occupation of the country by various continental powers the gold franc was adopted as the monetary unit. In 1923 Italian paper circulated at Shkodër, Durrës, Vlorë, Gjirokastër, the Greek drachma at Korçë, the values of which varied according to locality and the prevailing rates of exchange as compared with gold; the lek was named after Alexander the Great, whose name is shortened to Leka in Albanian. Alexander's portrait appeared on the obverse of the 1 lek coin, while the reverse showed him on his horse; the name qindarkë comes from the Albanian qind. The word is thus similar in formation to centime, etc.
Between 1926 and 1939 the name Franga was used for Albanian gold currency worth five Albanian Lekë for use in international transactions. A similar alternate name Belga was used for units of five Belgian francs. In 1926, bronze coins were introduced in denominations of 5 and 10 qindar leku, together with nickel 1⁄4, 1⁄2 and 1 lek, silver 1, 2 and 5 franga ar; the obverse of the franga coins depicts Amet Zogu. In 1935, bronze 1 and 2 qindar ar were issued, equal in value to the 5 and 10 qindar leku respectively; this coin series depicted distinct neoclassical motifs, said to have been influenced by the Italian king Victor Emmanuel III, known to have been a coin collector. These coins depict the mint marks "R", "V" or "L", indicating Vienna or London. Under the direction of Benito Mussolini, Italy invaded and occupied Albania and issued a new series of coins in 1939 in denominations 0.20, 0.50, 1 and 2 lek in stainless steel, silver 5, 10 lek were introduced, with the silver coins only issued that year.
Aluminium-bronze 0.05 and 0.10 lek were introduced in 1940. These coins were issued until 1941 and bear the portrait of Italian King Victor Emmanuel III on the obverse and the Albanian eagle with fasces on the reverse. In 1947, shortly after the Communist Party took power, older coins were withdrawn from circulation and a new coinage was introduced, consisting of zinc 1⁄2, 1, 2 and 5 lekë; these all depicted the socialist national crest. This coinage was again minted in 1957 and used until the currency reform of 1965. In 1965, the old lek banknotes and coins were exchanged into new ones, 10:1. Aluminium coins were introduced in denominations of 10, 20 and 50 qindar and 1 lek. All coins show the socialist state emblem. In 1969, a second series of aluminum 5, 10, 20, 50 qindar and 1 lek coins was released commemorating the 1944 liberation from fascism; the three smallest denominations remained similar in design to the 1964 series but depicted "1944-1969" on the obverse. The 50 qindarka and lek coins showed military images.
In 1988, a third redesign of aluminum 5, 10, 20, 50 qindarka and 1 lek coins was released. The 50 qindarka and 1 lek coins were problematically identical in size and appearance, so aluminum-bronze 1 lek coins with the inscription "Republika Popullore Socialiste e Shqipërisë" were released that year for better identification. In 1989, a cupro-nickel 2 lekë coin was introduced. All three of these coin series remained in circulation during and shortly after the 1991 revolution. In 1995 and 1996, new coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lekë, with a bimetallic 100 lekë added in 2000; the 1 lek coin is not in use. In 2001, 100 and 200 lekë were issued under the theme of Albania's integration into the EU and 50, 100, 200 lekë under the 500th anniversary of the Statue of David. In 2002, 50 lekë and 100 lekë were issued for the 90th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania and 20 lekë under the Albanian Antiquity theme. In 2003, 50 lekë was issued in memory of the 100th anniversary of the death of Jeronim De Rada.
In 2004, 50 lekë was issued under the Albanian Antiquity theme depicting traditional costumes of Albania and the ancient Dea. In 2005, 50 lekë were issued for the 85th anniversary of the proclamation of Tirana as capital and the theme of traditional costumes of Albania. In 1926, the National Bank of Albania introduced notes in denominations of 1, 5, 20 and 100 franka ari. In 1939, notes were issued denominated as 20 franga; these were followed in 1944 with notes for 5 and 10 lekë and 100 franga. In 1945, the People's Bank of Albania issued overprints on National Bank notes for 10 lekë, 20 and 100 franga. Regular notes were issued in 1945 in denominations of 1, 5, 20, 100 and 500 franga. In 1947, the lek was adopted as the main denominations, with notes issued for 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 lekë. In 1965, notes were introduced by the Banka e Shtetit Shqiptar in denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 lekë. A second series of notes was issued in 1976 when the country changed its name to the People's Socialist Republic.
On 11 July 1997, a new series of banknotes dated 1996 was introduced. Notes dated 1996 were printed by De La Rue in the United Kingdom; the Bank of Albania in 2019 unveiled a new series of banknotes, featuring the same themes on both the front and back side of the notes, improved security features, a change in material for the 200 lekë banknote, now issued as a polymer banknote. This series has introduced a new denomination, 10,000 lekë, its highest
The 2014–15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's basketball team will represent Georgia Institute of Technology during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. Returning as head coach was MaChelle Joseph entering her 12th season; the team plays its home games at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 7 -- 9 in ACC play to finish in a three way tie for ninth place, they advanced to the second round of the ACC Women's Tournament. They were invited to the Women's National Invitation Tournament which they defeated Elon before losing to Ole Miss in the second round. All Yellow Jackets games will air on the Yellow Jackets IMG Sports Network. WREK once again serves as the home of the Ramblin Wreck women's basketball team. Source 2014–15 NCAA Division I women's basketball rankings
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