|Symbol||?.? or KD|
|Banknotes||¼, ½, 1, 5, 10, 20 dinars|
|Coins||1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 fils|
|Central Bank of Kuwait|
|Source||The World Factbook, 2017 est.|
|Pegged with||Undisclosed currency basket |
$1 USD = 0.29963 KD
As of June 2021, the Kuwaiti dinar is the strongest circulating currency, with one Kuwaiti dinar equalling 3.32 United States dollars, which is just in front of the Bahraini dinar with one Bahraini dinar equalling 2.65 United States dollars.
The dinar was introduced in 1960 to replace the Gulf rupee, equal to the Indian rupee. It was initially equivalent to one pound sterling. As the rupee was fixed at 1 shilling 6 pence, that resulted in a conversion rate of 13+1⁄3 rupees to the dinar.
When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the Iraqi dinar replaced the Kuwaiti dinar as the currency and large quantities of banknotes were stolen by the invading forces. After liberation, the Kuwaiti dinar was restored as the country's currency and a new banknote series was introduced, allowing the previous notes, including those stolen, to be demonetized.
The coins in the following table were introduced in 1961. The design of all coins is similar and has not changed since they were first minted. On the obverse is a boom ship, with year of minting in both Islamic and Common Era in Arabic. The reverse contains the value in Arabic within a central circle with ? (Arabic for The State of Kuwait) above and KUWAIT in English below.
Unlike many other Middle Eastern currencies, Kuwait has a coin worth 0.02 of its main currency unit rather than 0.025 or 0.25.
The 1 fils coin was last minted in 1988.
|Coins of the Kuwaiti dinar|
|1 fils||17 mm||1.2 mm||2g||Nickel-brass|
|5 fils||19.5 mm||1.2 mm (1961-2011)
1.45 mm (2012-)
Brass-plated steel (2012-)
|10 fils||21 mm||1.5 mm||3.75g (1961-2011)
Brass-plated steel (2012-)
|20 fils||20 mm||1.36 mm||3g||Cupro-nickel (1961-2011)|
Stainless steel (2012-)
|50 fils||23 mm||1.54 mm (1961-2011)
1.7 mm (2012-)
Stainless steel (2012-)
|100 fils||26 mm||1.71 mm (1961-2011)
1.8 mm (2012-)
Stainless steel (2012-)
Six series of the Kuwaiti dinar banknote have been printed.
The first series was issued following the pronouncement of the Kuwaiti Currency Law in 1960, which established the Kuwaiti Currency Board. This series was in circulation from 1 April 1961 to 1 February 1982 and consisted of denominations of 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 5 and 10 dinars.
After the creation of the Central Bank of Kuwait in 1969 as a replacement to the Kuwaiti Currency Board, new 1⁄4, 1⁄2 and 10 dinar notes were issued from 17 November 1970, followed by the new 1 and 5 dinar notes of the second series on 20 April 1971. This second series was withdrawn on 1 February 1982.
The third series was issued on 20 February 1980, after the accession to the throne of late Emir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in denominations of 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 5 and 10 dinars. A 20 dinars banknote was introduced later on 9 February 1986. As a result of the state of emergency after the Invasion of Kuwait, this series was ruled invalid with effect from 30 September 1991. Significant quantities of these notes were stolen by Iraqi forces and some had appeared on the international numismatic market. The "Standard Catalog of World Paper Money" (A. Pick, Krause Publications) lists notes with the following serial number prefix denominators as being among those stolen:
|1⁄4 (?/?) dinar||54-86|
|1⁄2 (?/?) dinar||30-37|
|1 (?) dinar||47-53|
|5 (?) dinars||18-20|
|10 () dinars||70-87|
|20 () dinars||9-13|
After the liberation, a fourth series was issued on 24 March 1991 with the aims of replacing the previous withdrawn series as quickly as possible and guaranteeing the country's swift economic recovery. This fourth series was legal tender until 16 February 1995. Denominations were 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 5, 10 and 20 dinars.
The fifth series of Kuwaiti banknotes was in use from 3 April 1994 and included high-tech security measures which have now become standard for banknotes. It was withdrawn on 1 October 2015. Denominations were as in the fourth series.
|Fifth series Kuwait banknotes ("We Seek God's Assistance")|
|1⁄4 dinar||Coat of arms of Kuwait; Vignette of Kuwaiti Dhow "Al-Mouhaleb"; Vignette of a Kuwaiti Chest||Vignette of young girls playing traditional game|
|1⁄2 dinar||Coat of arms of Kuwait; Vignette of Kuwaiti Money Changers' Stalls; Vignette of a Kuwaiti Coffee Pot||Vignette of young boys playing traditional game with marbles|
|1 dinar||Coat of arms of Kuwait; Vignette of a traditional Oil Lamp; Vignette of Kuwait Towers||Vignette of Mina Al-Shuwaikh; Vignette of a traditional Water Storage Vessel on Stand|
|5 dinars||Coat of arms of Kuwait; Vignette of the new telecom Tower 'Liberation Tower'; Vignette of a traditional Grinding Stone||Vignette of an Oil Refinery; Vignette of A'Zour Power Station; Vignette of Kuwaiti Water Tanks; Vignette of Electricity Pylons|
|10 dinars||Coat of arms of Kuwait; Traditional water vessel; The state great Mosque||Fishermen; Vignette Dhow under full sail; A traditional Kuwaiti door; A pearl diving scene; Vignette of a Kuwaiti incense burner|
|20 dinars||Coat of arms of Kuwait; Cannon; Red Fort at Jahra||Central Bank of Kuwait building; City gate of the old wall|
|Sixth series Kuwaiti banknotes|
|Obverse||Reverse||Value||Dimensions (millimeters)||Color||Obverse||Reverse||Date of issue|
|1⁄4 Dinar||110 x 68 mm||Brown||Liberation Tower and a dhow ship||A traditional wooden Kuwaiti door and the first Kuwaiti coin||June 29, 2014|
|1⁄2 Dinar||120 x 68 mm||Green||Kuwait Towers and a dhow ship||Hawksbill sea turtle and the silver Pomfret fish (Al Zubadi)||June 29, 2014|
|1 Dinar||130 x 68 mm||Grey||The Grand Mosque, a bateel dhow ship||Illustration of many influences of Ancient Greek Civilization in Kuwait's Failaka Island||June 29, 2014|
|5 Dinars||140 x 68 mm||Purple||The new headquarters of the Central Bank of Kuwait||Oil refinery and an Oil Tanker||June 29, 2014|
|10 Dinars||150 x 68 mm||Pink||The National Assembly of Kuwait, a sambuk dhow ship||Falcon and camel dressed in a sadu saddle||June 29, 2014|
|20 Dinars||160 x 68 mm||Blue||Seif Palace, a dhow ship||Kuwaiti pearl diver and Al-Boom traditional Kuwaiti dhow ship||June 29, 2014|
In both 1993 and 2001, the Central Bank of Kuwait issued commemorative 1-dinar polymer banknotes to celebrate its Liberation from Iraq. The first commemorative note, dated 26 February 1993, was issued to celebrate the second anniversary of its Liberation. The front features the map of the State of Kuwait, the emblem of Kuwait and on the left and right side of the note is the list of nations that assisted in its Liberation, in both English and Arabic. The second commemorative note, dated 26 February 2001, was issued to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Liberation. One feature from the note is an optically variable device (OVD) patch that shows a fingerprint, a reference to the victims of the invasion and occupation of Kuwait. Even though they were denominated as 1 dinar, both of the commemorative notes state that they were not legal tender.
From 18 March 1975 to 4 January 2003, the dinar was pegged to a weighted currency basket. From 5 January 2003 until 20 May 2007, the pegging was switched to 1 US dollar = 0.29963 dinar with margins of ±3.5%. The central rate translates to approximately 1 KWD = US$3.53
Ratio: 1 dinar = 131⁄3 rupees = 1 British pound
|Currency of Kuwait (pre-war)
1961 – August 2, 1990
Reason: Iraqi invasion of Kuwait
Reason: liberation of Kuwait
Ratio: = pre-war Kuwaiti dinar
|Currency of Kuwait (post-war)
early 1991 –