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Iraqi Dinar Speculation, Iraqi Dinar News

On May 3, 2007, the IMF released a statement in relation to the international compact with Iraq, which has turned the tide in regards to speculation on the Iraq dinar. The contents of the article discuss changes made in Iraq on the economic front of how the Iraq government had eliminated fuel subsidies. The article also stated that the Central Bank of Iraq had raised interest rates in an attempt to allow a gradual appreciation of the dinar in an attempt to fight dollarization of the Iraq economy. Although there are claims of widespread optimism of some language used later in the press release among some dinar speculators, there have been no publicly released statements or analysis by any news sources or governments.

Coins were introduced in 1931 and 1932 in denominations of 1, 2, 4, 10, 20, 50 and 200 fils, with the 200 fils known as a rial. The 20, 50 and 200 fils were minted in silver. In 1953, silver 100 fils coins were introduced.

Following the establishment of the Iraqi Republic, a new series of coins was introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 fils, with the 25, 50 and 100 fils in silver until 1969. In 1970, 250 fils pieces were introduced, followed by 500 fils and 1 dinar coins in 1982. Coin production ceased after 1990.

In 2004, new 25, 50, and 100 dinars coins were introduced. However, these coins proved to be unpopular:

Value Diameter Weight Composition Obverse Reverse
25 dinars 17.5 mm 2 g Copper plated steel Inscriptions: "Central Bank of Iraq" and "25 dinars" Outline map of Iraq
50 dinars [citation needed]   Brass plated steel Inscriptions: "Central Bank of Iraq" and "50 dinars" Outline map of Iraq
100 dinars 22 mm 4.3 g Nickel plated steel Inscriptions: "Central Bank of Iraq" and "100 dinars" Outline map of Iraq

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