MUSCAT — A five-day national level coins and stamps exhibition organised by Sultan Qaboos University in association with numismatists and philatelists commenced yesterday at SQU under the auspices of Hamood bin Sangour al Zadjali, Executive President of Central Bank of Oman. In addition to bank notes issued in Oman including commemorative currencies, cash versions of Mongolian and Constantinople civilisations from the medieval period, currencies and coins issued by various countries such as India and Pakistan, foreign stamps, coins and currency notes issued on diverse themes and subjects are all put for display at the exhibition which will remain open till February 13. Delivering a lecture on the topic “currencies in the Sultanate of Oman and its evolution” Hatem bin Abudulfattah al Attar shed light on the improvements of currencies in the country and how currencies developed over the years.
“The first version of the paper currency and metal money dates back to 1970 before the Renaissance and the second phase was the issuing of currencies by the Monetary Council of Oman in 1972. Since 1974, Central Bank of Oman started issuing currencies in the Sultanate. The first commemorative coins were issued in 1975”, he said. In the second part of the lecture, Hatem bin Abudulfattah elaborated on security features of currency notes and their labels. Prominent numismatists from various parts of the country have displayed rare collection of coins at the event. Thuriaya Hilal al Maawali, one of the visitors, said: “My knowledge on coins and currency notes was enhanced by interacting with these numismatists. The exhibition would motivate the students to take up study and research on philately and numismatics. Coin collection is an interesting hobby through which it is possible to study the evolution of human life and culture”, she said.