The announcement of the Central Bank of Jordan, offering a new version of the Jordanian currency for circulation, sparked widespread controversy through social networking sites in Jordan because of the replacement of “symbols of the Arab revolution and its flag with the “Sinai Jasm” bird.
The Central Bank of Jordan had announced, on Monday, the launch of the fifth issue of the Jordanian currency for circulation in the same denominations as the current issue (fifty dinars, twenty dinars, ten dinars, five dinars and one dinar denomination).
The Jordanian Central Bank began offering the dinar denomination (one dinar) for circulation on Monday, December 26, provided that it will offer other denominations within dates that will be announced later.
According to the Central Bank of Jordan, the new issue includes “the latest security signs used in the world of the monetary industry, in addition to improving the quality of banknotes available for circulation and extending their life, given that nearly twenty years have passed since the launch of the fourth issue of the Jordanian currency in circulation and the emergence of the need to strengthen security signs and technical specifications.” for the banknote.
“Jazm Sinai” bird
The new design of the new version of the Jordanian dinar, especially the dinar denomination, sparked widespread controversy on social media in Jordan after the Central Bank of Jordan replaced the image of the “flag and men of the Arab revolution” with the image of a bird.
The bird listed on the dinar is the “Sinai Jasmine”, and it is also called the Sinaitic pink sparrow. It is considered the national bird of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan because of its presence in the Jordanian Petra Mountains and the similarity of its pink color to those mountains.
Removing the image of the flag and the men of the Arab revolution from the new dinar did not go unnoticed among the Jordanians, whose opinions were divided between supporters and opponents.
Some of them considered that the problem of the new dinar was not the sparrow, but rather “replacing the Arab revolution and the flag of the Arab revolution with the sparrow.”
Others asked, “Is replacing the flag of the Great Arab Revolt with a picture of the Sinaiticus pink bird an indication of the upcoming political and economic phase of the new Jordan?”
Some saw that “replacing the seal of Sharif Hussein and the men of the Great Arab Revolt with a bird that we do not know is an attempt to blur identity.”
On the other hand, Samir al-Hiyari, the founder and publisher of the Ammon online newspaper, considered that “the decision to remove the image of the revolutionaries and the flag of the Great Arab Revolt is not up to the Jordanians.
Another singer considered that “the bird is a very beautiful thing…and that” the revolutions have ended and their era has ended, and the bird indicates life and its beauty, peace and freedom.
Others believed that “the Great Arab Revolt is still on the dinar, represented by Sharif Hussein bin Ali, whose picture is still present.”