By Tristan Dreisbach | Mar 21 2014main-economy-featured ,third-featured
A new five dinar bill was introduced this week in Tunisia, replacing the last vestige of Ben Ali-era propaganda on the country’s currency.
The new banknote is bright green and embraces Tunisia's Carthaginian past, with an image of Hannibal on the front and depictions of Carthaginian ships on the reverse side. The ancient empire of Carthage was based near the modern capital city of Tunis.
The bill will replace the old five dinar banknotes, which featured a different image of Hannibal on the front and a depiction of the date Bel Ali took power, November 7, 1987, on the back. This imagery was a feature on all Ben Ali-era banknotes. Since the revolution, the 50, 20, and 10 dinar bills have been replaced with new designs.
The new bill has security features, including holograms and microprinting, not found on pre-revolutionary currency, according to a press release from the central bank.
A five-dinar coin is also in circulation in Tunisia.
The decision to remove the Ben Ali notes from circulation was made in February 2011, shortly after the autocrat was forced from office. The new bills are manufactured in facilities abroad.