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1 Rial 2015, Oman

in Krause book Number: 48a
Years of issue: 18.11.2015
Signatures: Sultan of Oman: Sultan Qaboos bin Said
Serie: 45th National Day 1970-2015
Specimen of: 2015
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 140 х 71
Printer: Unknown printer

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1 Rial 2015




The Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said Al Said and denomination 1.


1 Rial 2015

قابوس بن سعيد آل سعيد

Qaboos bin Said Al Said ( قابوس بن سعيد آل سعيد‎, born 18 November 1940, Salalah, Oman, dies 10 January 2020) was the Sultan of Oman and its Dependencies. He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a palace coup in 1970. He is the 14th-generation descendant of the founder of the Al Bu Sa'idi dynasty.

By combining the Imamat of Oman and the Muscat Sultanate in a single state, the Sultan then, with the support of Great Britain and Shah's Iran, managed to defeat the insurgency in Dhofar. In November 1996, Sultan Qaboos signed the first Basic Law (Constitution) of Oman.

emblem of Oman

Centered is the national emblems of Oman (شعار سلطنة عمان‎). It is an insignia consisting of a khanjar inside its sheath that is superimposed upon two crossed swords. Adopted in the XVIII century as the badge of the Omani royal family, it subsequently became the national emblem of the Sultanate of Oman. The emblem is featured at the canton on the Flag of Oman.

The national emblem was first designed in the mid-XVIII century, when it was adopted as the royal crest of the Al Said dynasty. Its usage was expanded when it subsequently became the national emblem of the sultanate. This occurred during the reign of either Faisal bin Turki (1888-1913) or Taimur bin Feisal (1913-1932). The emblem was later incorporated onto the canton of the country's national flag in 1970. Moreover, in order to distinguish "directly royal entities" and create a distinct symbol for these organizations, a crown was added to the top of the national emblem. This modified insignia is utilized on the badges of all branches of Sultan's Armed Forces, including the Royal Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Guard, and Royal Oman Police - among many others.

According to the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the khanjar - along with the two crossed swords - symbolize the historic weapons utilized by the people of Oman. They are attached together by an embellished horse-bit at the center. The khanjar itself is a national symbol of the sultanate, and is still worn by Omani men as a "ceremonial dagger" for formal occasions. It is a ceremonial dagger with its abundantly decorated sheath, traditionally made of rhinonoceros-horn, highly appreciated in the arab world and for that reason contributes substantially to the extinction of the rhinoceros in Africa.

On right side is, again, the khanjar.

al alam al alam

At the bottom is Al Alam Palace.

The Al Alam Palace is the ceremonial palace of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, located in Old Muscat, Oman.

"Al Alam" means "The Flag" in Arabic. The palace, one of six royal residences of the ruling monarch, Sultan Qaboos, has a history of over 200 years, built by Imam Sultan bin Ahmed the 7th direct grandfather of the current Sultan. The existing palace, which has a facade of gold and blue, was rebuilt as a royal residence in 1972. Visitors are not allowed inside the palace, though they are permitted to stop near the gates and take photographs. Al Alam Palace is surrounded by the Mirani and Jalali Forts built in the XVI century by the Portuguese.

The Palace is used for official functions and receiving distinguished visitors and in January 2012, the Sultan received Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at Al Alam Palace during her state visit to Oman.

Author Peter J. Ochs wrote: "When you visit the main gates of Al Alam Palace, it is unlike any other capital you will ever visit. The palace itself is elegant but humble in design, unlike the grandiose structures of other capitals". Elegantly designed, it features many highly polished marble surfaces. Government buildings in the vicinity are white, with crenallated rooftops and wooden balconies in the traditional Omani style. Though primarily a ceremonial palace, there is a guest villa at the palace with its own pool, spa and walled gardens.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corners, in words centered.


1 Rial 2015


Commemorative issue. It was made to commemorate the 45th National Day.

18 of November is the National day of Oman, as well as birthday of Sultan Qaboos. The National Day Is celebrated every year in honor of His Majesty's accession to the throne, in 1970.

Thats why on banknote is commemorative logo of 45th National Day.

Pontia glauconome

Centered are 2 butterflies Pontia glauconome.

Pontia glauconome, the desert white or desert Bath white, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is found in Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Arabia, Egypt, the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the southern part of the former Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The habitat consists of sub-deserts.

The wingspan is 45-50 mm. Adults are on wing from March to October in three to four generations per year.

The larvae feed on Epicastrum arabicum, Zilla spinosa, Caylusia, Dipterygium, Erucastrum, Moracandia, Diplotaxis, Cleome and Ochradenus species. The pupae have a facultative diapause of at least four years.


On right and left sides are Scabiosa flowers. Presumably, it is Scabiosa caucasica, but till now it is not proved.

Scabiosa is a genus in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) of flowering plants. Many of the species in this genus have common names that include the word scabious; however some plants commonly known as scabious are currently classified in related genera such as Knautia and Succisa; at least some of these were formerly placed in Scabiosa. Another common name for members of this genus is pincushion flowers.


On right side is Sultan Qaboos University (جامعة السلطان قابوس), one of its buildings.

It is located approximately in 50 km. West of Muscat, in Al-Khoudh, on the uninhabited south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It was built on the initiative of Sultan Qaboos. Construction began in 1982, and in 1986 the first students were accepted by five colleges of the university: medical, engineering, agricultural, pedagogical and natural sciences. In 1987, the College of Arts was opened, and in 1993 - the trade and economic.

The university is located in a unique valley in its beauty at the foot of the Oman Mountains. The complex is built of white and pink sandstone, with arches and patios; His style was supposed, according to the authors of the project, to reflect the features of not only Omani but, more broadly, Islamic architecture. At the entrance to the campus, which is on the same axis with the Mecca located in Saudi Arabia, traditional massive wooden gates are installed. Further, the axis passes through the educational buildings and administrative buildings and leads to the university mosque on the western outskirts of the campus. The mosque is located above the rest of the buildings and is visible from anywhere in the university.

On the territory of the university, plants characteristic of the nature of the countries of the Persian Gulf are planted. The source of inspiration for the authors of the project were traditional Omani towns. Despite the fact that the opening of a higher educational institution was for Oman a truly revolutionary event, university rules on international standards remain very conservative. Separate entrances are arranged for boys and girls; In classrooms they also sit separately. However, girls make up almost half of the students.

More about this university you can read here

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corners, in words in lower right corner.



The first issue! Second issue was released at 19 of June 2016.

There are unconfirmed reports that the bank immediately withdrew the note, because of an error in the Hijri year on the front of the note below the signature. It should be ١٤٣٧ (1437) but appears as ١٤٢٧ (1427). The date is correct on the back as 1437 H / 2015 G.