The Tunisian Currency through history
Tunisia played, through history, an important economic role. This importance is due, mainly, to the daring activity of its population and its geographical position as a crossroads of maritime ways between the two banks of the Mediterranean and terminus for the Saharan and Eastern trade.
This strategic importance in the international trade made the region a purpose of political conflicts with other powers.
Several historical eras marked the evolution of the Tunisian currency. The main ones are the following:
- the Punic currency: 814 B.C. - 146 B.C.,
- the Numide currency: 208 B.C. - 40 A.D.,
- the Roman currency: 146 B.C. - 439 A.D.,
- the Vandal and Byzantine currency: 439 A.D. - 698 A.D.,
- the Arabo-Islamic currency: 698 A.D. - 1574 A.D.,
- the Husseinite currency and period of French protectorate: 1705 A.D. - 1957 A.D.,
- the currency of the Republic of Tunisia: 1958 till today.