Arabian Peninsula regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available

 The Banknote Book Arabian Peninsula cover

The Arabian Peninsula regional catalog of The Banknote Book is now available for sale at US$39.99, a 38% discount off the normal cost of puchasing the component chapters separately.

This catalog is also available as a printed paperback book from Lulu.

This 102-page catalog covers every note (593 types and varieties, including 108 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Arabian Peninsula countries of Arab Republic of Yemen, Bahrain, Democratic Republic of Yemen, Kuwait, Muscat and Oman, Oman, Qatar, Qater & Dubai, Saudi Arabia, South Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Published 1 February 2013.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Qatar & Dubai chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Qatar & Dubai cover

The Qatar & Dubai chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for free.

At the time of initial publication, this 3-page catalog covers every note (12 types and varieties) issued by the Qatar & Dubai Currency Board from 1966 until 1973.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

Subscribe to The Banknote Book
If you collect the entire world or a large number of countries, buying a $99 annual subscription is the best deal because it's less expensive than buying chapters individually, and it entitles you to every chapter currently available as well as everything published—or revised (click here to see the Change Log)—during the next 12 months.

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Qatar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Qatar cover

The Qatar chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

At the time of initial publication, this 10-page catalog covers every note (45 types and varieties, including 6 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Qatar Monetary Agency from 1973 to 1985, and the Qatar Central Bank from 1996 until present day.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Red stars highlight the many notes missing from the SCWPM
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

Subscribe to The Banknote Book
If you collect the entire world or a large number of countries, buying a $99 annual subscription is the best deal because it's less expensive than buying chapters individually, and it entitles you to every chapter currently available as well as everything published—or revised (click here to see the Change Log)—during the next 12 months.

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Gulf Cooperation Council agrees to single currency

According to a Gulf News article dated 16 December 2009, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders concluded their annual two-day summit with an agreement to form a monetary union, paving the way for a single currency for Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia; Oman and the United Arab Emirates opted out. A monetary council is to be established in early 2010, and will transition into a central bank, which will eventually issue a single currency, though no timeline was announced.

Courtesy of Amirali Somji.

Qatar withdrawing old 100- and 500-rial notes

According to a Gulf Times article dated February 25, 2009, Qatar’s 100- and 500-rial notes originally issued in 2003 (Pick 24 and 25, respectively) can be exchanged for new notes at all banks through June 15; for ten years afterwards they can be redeemed only at the Qatar Central Bank. The old notes are being withdrawn in favor of the new versions of these denominations which were issued in 2007 with wide Optiks security threads.

Qatar issues new series of notes

On September 15, 2008, the Qatar Central Bank issued a new series of four notes—1, 5, 10, and 50 riyals—which have symbols along the left front edge that facilitate their use by the visually handicapped. Preceding note issues of the same denominations will remain legal tender, but will be gradually replaced by the new series. New 100- and 500-riyal notes are in the works, but details aren’t available. These denominations were upgraded in 2007 with the addition of the 18-mm wide Optiks security thread with see-through window, so bank officials did not feel the need to update them at this time.



1 riyal (US$0.30)
Blue and purple. Front: Coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: Three native birds: crested lark, Eurasian bee eater, and lesser sand plover. Solid and windowed security threads. Watermark: Falcon head and electrotype denomination. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 134 x 66 mm. No date. Signatures: Abdullah Saud Al-Thani (Governor) and Yousef Hussein Kamal (Minister of Finance). Introduced 15.09.2008.



5 riyals (US$1.40)
Green. Front: Coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: National Museum building; oryx and camel. Solid and windowed security threads. Watermark: Falcon head and electrotype denomination. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 140 x 67.5 mm. No date. Signatures: Abdullah Saud Al-Thani (Governor) and Yousef Hussein Kamal (Minister of Finance). Introduced 15.09.2008.



10 riyals (US$2.75)
Green. Front: Coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: Dhow; sand dune at Khor al-Udeid. Solid and windowed security threads. Watermark: Falcon head and electrotype denomination. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 146 x 69 mm. No date. Signatures: Abdullah Saud Al-Thani (Governor) and Yousef Hussein Kamal (Minister of Finance). Introduced 15.09.2008.



50 riyals (US$13.75)
Green. Front: Coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: Qatar Central Bank building; Oyster and Pearl monument. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Falcon head and electrotype denomination. Printer: TDLR (w/o imprint). 152 x 70.5 mm. No date. Signatures: Abdullah Saud Al-Thani (Governor) and Yousef Hussein Kamal (Minister of Finance). Introduced 15.09.2008.

Courtesy of Mirsad Delic.

Qatar issues revised 100-riyal note


100 riyals (US$27.50), ND (2007). Issued September 26, 2007. Like P24, but new signatures (Abdullah Saud Al-Thani; Yousef Hussein Kamal) and Optiks instead of windowed security thread. Images on back shifted to make room for Optiks. Printer: De La Rue (without imprint).

Courtesy of Ronny Hick.

Qatar issues revised 500-riyal note



500 riyals (US$137.40), ND (2007). Issued September 26, 2007. Like P25, but new signatures (Abdullah Saud Al-Thani; Yousef Hussein Kamal) and Optiks instead of windowed security thread. Images on back shifted to make room for Optiks. Printer: De La Rue (without imprint).

Courtesy of Jamal A. Alrefai.

Six Arab states plan to issue unified currency in 2010

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), consisting of six Arab states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates — plans to issue a unified currency in 2010.