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Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 5-riyal note confirmed

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5 riyals, ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B31, but new date and signatures (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 1-riyal note confirmed

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1 riyal, ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B30 (P31), but new date and signature 10 (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Takis Kouvatseas.

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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Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 500-riyal note confirmed

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500 riyals (US$130), ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B35, but new date and new signatures (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

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Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 50-riyal note confirmed

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50 riyals (US$13), ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B33, but new date and new signatures (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Steve Hearon.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 10-riyal note confirmed

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10 riyals (US$2.65), ١٤٣٠/2009. Like SAMA B32, but new date and new signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Newcastle Coins.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2012) 10-riyal note confirmed

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10 riyals (US$2.65), ١٤٣٣/2012. Like SAMA B32, but new date and new signatures (Fahad Al-Mubarak and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Yousef Jazzar.

Saudi Arabia names new governor of SAMA


According to a post on the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council dated 13 December 2011, King Abdullah appointed Dr. Fahad Al-Mubarak as governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, taking over from Muhammad Al-Jaser. As the governor’s signature appears on SAMA banknotes, it’s likely that this move may mean that new signature varieties can be expected eventually.

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Saudi Arabia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia 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 11-page catalog covers every note (79 types and varieties, including 17 notes unlisted in the SCWPM) issued by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency from 1953 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

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Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 1-riyal note confirmed


1 riyal (US$0.25), ١٤٣٠/2009. Like P31, but new date and new signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Abdullah Beydoun.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 5-riyal note confirmed


5 riyals (US$1.35), 2009. Like P32, but new date and new signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 100-riyal note confirmed


100 riyals (US$26.65), Like P36, but new date (١٤٣٠/2009) and signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

As of today, only the 1-, 5-, and 10-riyal denominations remain unconfirmed with the new date and signature; the three highest denominations have been confirmed.

Courtesy of Dr. Ghassan Samman.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 500-riyal note confirmed


500 riyals (US$133.30), 2009. Like P38, but new date (١٤٣٠/2009) and signatures (Muhammad Al-Jaser and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Assaf).

Courtesy of Ghassan Samman.

Saudi Arabia new sig/date (2009) 50-riyal note confirmed


50 riyals (US$13.33), 2009. Like P35, but new date and new Governor signature (Muhammad Al-Jaser). Also, the denomination expressed in Arabic in the bars at left and right edge of the front of the note has been slightly modified. In the first issue of this note, the trailing zero was so small that it blended in with the tiny boxes in the background (above, left), but the new variety has a larger zero which stands out better (above, right).

Courtesy of Sejin Ahn.

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.

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.

Saudi Arabia unveils new family of notes

With today’s release of the SAR 50 and 100, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has begun circulating its 5th Issue of notes. The new SAR 5 and 10 will appear at the beginning of July, followed by the SAR 500 in September, and ending with the SAR 1 in December.


1 riyal (US$0.25), 2007. Issued December 31, 2007. Light green. Front: Front of first Islamic dinar coin; King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: SAMA headquarters building. Windowed security thread with demetalized SAMA 1. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 1, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 133 x 63 mm.


5 riyals (US$1.35), 2007. Issued July 2007. Violet. Front: Ras Tanorah oil refinery; King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: Jubayl Port in eastern region. Windowed security thread with demetalized SAMA 5. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 5, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 145 x 66 mm.


10 riyals (US$2.65), 2007. Issued July 2007. Brown. Front: King Abdulaziz’s palace in Almoraba area; King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh with palm trees. Windowed security thread with demetalized SAMA 10. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 10, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 150 x 68 mm.


50 riyals (US$13.35), 2007. Issued May 21, 2007. Dark green. Front: Al Sakhra Dome mosque; King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: Al Aqsa mosque in Al Quds Al Shareef (Jerusalem). Holgraphic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 50 and Arabic text between wavy lines. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 155 x 70 mm.


100 riyals (US$26.65), 2007. Issued May 21, 2007. Red. Front: Green Dome of The Qiba Mosque (Prophet’s Mosque); King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Back: The Qiba Mosque (Prophet’s Mosque) in Al Madinah Al Monawarah. Holgraphic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 100 and Arabic text between wavy lines. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 100, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 160 x 72 mm.


500 riyals (US$133.30), 2007. Issued September 2007. Blue. Front: Ka'aba (cube); King Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Saud. Back: Holy mosque in Makkah Al Mukarramah. Holgraphic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized 500 and Arabic text between wavy lines. Watermark: King Abdullah, electrotype 500, and Cornerstones. Printer: (TDLR). 166 x 74 mm.
 
Courtesy of Ghassan Samman and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency.