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Oman Issues New High Security Banknote

The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) unveiled its latest banknote this month, a new 50-rial bill.
 
Aside from commemorating the 40th National Day, the day Sultan Qaboos bin Said overthrew the restrictive rule of his father in 1970 and also the sultan’s birthday, the new banknote also features several upgraded security features.
 
The new features include:
- A watermark picture of Sultan Qaboos bin Said on the left side of the note, and a watermark of Oman’s national emblem on the top of the note
- An intaglio portrait of the Qaboos bin Said
- A twin step window
- A holograph depicting the entry way of Oman’s Central Bank
- Specialty printing noting the banknote’s denomination as well as the words “Central Bank of Oman” in Arabic on the front, and in English on the back.
- Raised printing on the right side of the note
 
The CBO said this new note would be released into circulation alongside the current RO 50 banknote and that the two would “continue to remain valid and circulated side by side.”
 
This won’t be the only denomination that has multiple designs. A new RO 1 is also in circulation alongside the 1970 design and a second RO 20 note – released in 2010 to commemorate the 40th National Day – is also in circulation alongside the old design.
 
The Oman banknote series consists of eight denominations: RO ½, RO 1, RO 5, RO 10, RO 20, RO 50, RO 100 and RO 200.
 

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