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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 April 2021

.Oman - 50 Rials Dated 2020 Hybrid Commemorative Banknote

 سلطنة عُمان
(Sultanate of Oman)

البنك المركزي العماني
(Central Bank of Oman)
Currency : Rial (OMR) 
This is a 50 rials Hybrid note issued in July 2020. This note was released as a commemorative banknote, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the rise of the Modern Omani Renaissance, and also in memory of its founder, the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur (b.1940-2020). Sultan Qaboos ruled Oman between 1970 to 2020.

As per previous Omani 50 rials banknotes issued, this note depicts the portrait of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the facade of the Central Bank of Oman building on the front and buildings of the Council of Oman, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Finance on the back. This note is printed with the year date of 1441 A.H. (2020).
In 1970, Qaboos succeeded his father, Sultan Said bin Taimur (b.1910-1972) following a coup d'etat, when he was barely 30 years old. He then went on and ruled Oman until his death in 2020. Sultan Qaboos was the only son of Sultan Said bin Taimur. While Sultan Qaboos married twice, he had no children of his own when he died. 
The portrait design of the late sultan for this issue is slightly different for the last issue. The headgear design is also not the same and the predominantly colour of this note is green whilst the previous 50 rials was printed in light brown colour. If you look closely at the portrait, you can also see that the sultan is facing more directly at you as compared to previous issues. The 50 rials are still the largest denomination of banknote issued in Oman.
Signature - Dr Said bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Saqri (Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Oman's Board of Governors)
Watermark - Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur
Dimensions - 174mm x 76mm
Below are some of the security features about this new note:

1. A golden security patch window on the right side of the banknote depicting the main entrance to the Central Bank of Oman building;
2. A shiny, multicolored security patch on the left side in the form of the numeral 50, depicting moving elements of color shifting gradually from green to gold when the banknote is tilted;
3. Three watermarks on the left, which includes a portrait of the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, and the numeral 50 printed in Arabic twice; both revealed under any light source;
4. An ornamental pattern in seven repetition with intaglio printing on the left and right sides; aids the blind and the visually impaired to recognize the value;
5. The printing of the coloured Khanjar on the back of the note completes the image of the white Khanjar on the front side of the note when viewed against the light.

1. A Shiny, multicolored, and magnetic security thread, parts of which are visible while others are intertwined within the banknote on the right side;
2. Shiny ink inspired by the belt of the Omani dagger, depicted in yellow and green on the middle of the banknote, and the center depicts the numeral 50 printed in English;
3. A reflection of the watermark image depicted on the front design of the banknote with the same characteristics;
4. An identical match for the golden security patch depicted on the front design of the banknote on the left side;
5. The printing of the coloured dagger on the back completes the image of the white dagger on the front when viewed against the light.
Fifty Rials (Hybrid)
Dated 2020, Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur (b.1940-2020)

Reverse - Council of Oman, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Finance buildings

This 50 rials formed part of the sixth series of banknotes. Since this note was issued first and is also a commemorative note, I have decided to post this note first and then post the remaining of the series later.

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