Omani buys Dew; gets change of 50-year-old coin

03 Mar 2019
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Harith Al Kharusi was on his way to Muscat when he decided to stop in a small grocery in Nakhl to purchase a can of Mountain Dew. When he went to collect his change, he received a very rare coin indeed.

On February 18, Al Kharusi got a 50-year-old 50 baisa coin that dates backs to the era of Sultan Said bin Taimoor, when the country was known as the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman.

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Unlike the unaware seller, Al Kharusi, being a coin collector immediately recognized the rare currency. According to him, it is worth at least RO5 (100% more than the actual value).

The coin features the Omani Khanjar in the centre, with the inscriptions ‘Said bin Taimoor’ at the top, and ‘Sultan of Muscat and Oman’ on the bottom.

Adding this latest find to his collection of ten rare coins he says, “Always check your change. I have a collection of these now. Many people neglect the value of these coins.”

Oman has coins with denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 baisas. According to the country’s Banking Law, the Central Bank of Oman is the sole authority which can issue, hold, or recall currency in the Sultanate of Oman.


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