Syria mints new coin to boost economy
History has shown how in times of turmoil, people always turn to cash and the crisis in Syria is no exception.
Although the £S50 note is worth only US$3.90, inflation rates that followed international sanctions has placed a strain on the banknote's life-cycle, thus inspiring the central bank to produce the banknote's metallic counterpart.
“His move is designed to allow the people to use it as a coin and cut costs given that, unlike the banknotes, the coin’s lifespan exceeds 25 years.”
The central bank's issuance of the new 50-pound metal coin could generate positive consequences in the Syrian street in both regime- and Free Syrian Army-held areas, given the coins' likely heavy circulation because so many 50-pound banknotes have worn out and thus are rarely found on the market.