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500 Baisa 2020, Oman

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Years of issue: 2020
Signatures: Sultan of Oman: Haitham bin Tariq
Serie: 2020 Issue
Specimen of: 2020
Material: Hybrid material
Size (mm): 135 × 64
Printer: De la Rue currency,Loughton

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500 Baisa 2020




The national emblem of Oman and denomination.


500 Baisa 2020

Ain Kour waterfall

Ayn Khor Waterfall is one of the most popular seasonal waterfalls in Dhofar Region on the western side of Salalah. Its also spelled as Ain Koor. It appears in the months of July and August, but not every year. You can find this stunning fall of water only when the Khareef season has good amount of monsoon rainfall. (

Boswéllia sácra

Boswellia sacra (also frankincense and olibanum-tree) is a tree in the Burseraceae family, which is the primary tree in the genus Boswellia from which is frankincense (a resinous dried sap) is harvested. The olibanum tree is plant native to the Arabian Peninsula, specifically to the countries of Oman and Yemen, and to the Horn of Africa, specifically Somalia).

emblem of Oman

On right side is the national emblem 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 18th 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-18th 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.


500 Baisa 2020

On banknote flying and sitting sooty falcon and South Arabian leopard.

Falco concolorFalco concolor

The sooty falcon (Falco concolor) is a medium-sized falcon breeding from northeastern Africa to the southern Persian Gulf region. The word sooty means to be covered in soot (ash), and is used to describe the color of the Sooty Falcon. Hence, the falcon gets its name from its color, the color of soot.

Oman is home to ‘near-threatened’ species of sooty falcon (Falco concolor), as the Office for Conservation of the Environment (OCE) has taken up the challenging task of conserving the rare bird species from extinction. The sooty falcons are medium-sized falcons that breed in the Middle East and north-eastern Africa as also along the south-eastern coast of Africa. In Oman they are found mainly in the Daymaniyat Islands, Suwaydi Islands and Fahal Island and are globally important breeding grounds for them. (Kaushalendra Singh)

Panthera pardus nimr

The Arabian leopard (Panthera pardus nimr) is a leopard subspecies native to the Arabian Peninsula. It has been listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List since 1996 as fewer than 200 wild individuals were estimated to be alive in 2006. The population is severely fragmented. Subpopulations are isolated and not larger than 50 mature individuals. The population is thought to decline continuously.

The Arabian leopard is the smallest leopard subspecies. It was tentatively affirmed as a distinct subspecies by genetic analysis of a single wild leopard from South Arabia, which appeared most closely related to the African leopard.