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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

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01 June 2020

.Oman - 50 Rials Dated 2010 (ND2019 Reprint) Hybrid

سلطنة عُمان
Sultanate of Oman

Central Bank of Oman
Currency : Rial (OMR)

This is a reprint of the 50 rials dated 2010 with enhanced security and additional security features. Whilst this note is dated 2010, it was released to the public on 02.06.2019. This note was originally issued to celebrate Oman's 40th year of National Day.

In comparison to the first issue, the new security features of the enhanced note are: -

A Golden security patch window (Varifeye CC Patch) shows the following: The denomination; the Central Bank of Oman's main entrance; name of the Central Bank of Oman in both Arabic and English; the color of the window changes from gold to blue under any source of light; a Golden Magnetic Windowed Security Thread (RollingStar Security Thread), the direction of the line moves and changes color gold to green when tilting the banknote; and Spark Live Truspin in a shape of a crown changes color from gold to green when tilting the banknote. Also the colour of the crown on the bottom left has changed from green (first issue) to gold.

Golden security patch window (Varifeye CC Patch) on the left side of the banknote changes color from gold to blue under any source of light.

The rest of the designs are the same as per the first print: -
Front - Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who passed away on 10.01.2020 due to colon cancer. He was born in 1940 and became the Sultan of Oman in 1970. Next to his portrait is the Ministry of Finance and Economy building in Muscat. Other features are the national emblem of Oman, the Royal Crown and Fort Al Mirani which is situated in the old city of Muscat;
Back - Cabinet building (L) and Ministry of Commerce and Industry building (R) both situated in the capital of Oman, Muscat.

Despite this note was initially issued to celebrate Oman's 40th National Day in 2012, this reprint note is also printed with the same commemorative texts on the back of the note.

Like the first print, this note is also printed on Hybrid material.
Size : 173mm x 76mm

Fifty Rials (Issued 2019)
Dated 2010, Sultan Qaboos, Ministry of Finance and Economy building in Muscat
Reverse - Cabinet, Ministry of Commerce & Industry building
Fifty Rials (First Print 2010)
Footnote ➽ It is not sure if other notes have been reprinted and are waiting to be released prior to the passing of Sultan Qaboos. His successor (first cousin) Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said was named the new Sultan of Oman on 11.01.2020. Going forward, we would expect the portrait of the new Sultan printed on the notes. Potentially, it might even be a commemorative note to celebrate his first full year to the throne next year. Perhaps we may see a new note celebrating the country's 50th National Day too!!

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