The Albanian lek (Albanian: Leku Shqiptar; plural: lekë) (sign: L; code: ALL) is the official currency of Albania.
It is subdivided into 100 qindarka (singular: qindarkë), though no qindarka notes or coins are used anymore. The currency has been used since 1926.
The lek may be named after Alexander the Great, who was depicted on the first lek coin.
The lek was introduced in 1926
during the reign of King Zog
I (Ahmet Zogu). The lek's etymology is questioned, but there are two commonly accepted theories. Some believe the currency was named after the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander
the Great, for being depicted on the obverse and reverse of the first 1 lek coin. Others state that it was named after Albanian feudal Lekë
Dukagjini. The name "qindarkë" is derived from the Albanian word, qind, meaning "one hundred". Thus, the term has the same meaning as centime, cent, centesimo, euro cent, stotinka, etc.