CBI denies issuing 100,000 Iraqi dinars with Zaha Hadid design

The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has refuted claims circulating on the internet about the issuance of a new 100,000 Iraqi dinar bill that supposedly features the renowned Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

According to a report by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), the CBI made it clear in a statement that the viral image of the purported new banknote showcasing Zaha Hadid is entirely counterfeit. The bank further stated that there are no intentions to introduce any fresh currency notes and warned of legal consequences for anyone involved in promoting this fake currency.

Recent investigations reveal that the image in question originated from a student project carried out at the Institute of Fine Arts in Mosul, as per information from BNE IntelliNews.

Zaha Hadid, a prominent figure in the world of late 20th- and early 21st-century architecture, is known for her innovative designs. Born in Baghdad, Hadid pursued her passion for architecture by enrolling at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1972 following her undergraduate studies in mathematics.

Throughout her career, Hadid crafted several iconic structures across countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, and Azerbaijan. Notably, in 2010, she was commissioned to design the new headquarters of Iraq’s Central Bank.