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Lebanon misspells independence

50,000-pound bills, designed specially for country’s 70th anniversary, to be released November 22 despite error

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

A coastal shot of Lebanon (Shutterstock)
A coastal shot of Lebanon (Shutterstock)

Lebanon’s central bank said Friday that it will issue commemorative currency celebrating 70 years of independence despite the misspelling of the word “independence” on the bills, Reuters reported.

The 50,000-pound bill, worth almost NIS 117 (or roughly $33), features Arabic and French, but the French word independance is spelled with its English spelling, “independence.”

Banque du Liban, the country’s central bank, will roll out the banknotes on November 22, Lebanon’s Independence Day. The bank blamed the printing company for the error.

Lebanese news site al-Akhbar criticized the bill, calling it “a cacophony of sharply contrasting colors” with “inharmoniously placed images.”

Lebanon gained independence from Vichy France in 1943 in the midst of World War II.

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