Muscat: Certain Omani banknotes will no longer be used in the Sultanate according to the Central Bank of Oman.
CBO announced that it has set a period of one month to replace expired banknotes. The decision means that the listed bank notes will become illegal tender beyond the replacement deadline.
In an announcement, the Central Bank said, “ In accordance with Article 45 (D) of the Banking Law issued under Royal Decree No. 114/2000, the Central Bank of Oman announces to all banks and FLCs operating in the Sultanate as well as citizens and residents that it has set a period of one month only, as of July 1st, 2019, to replace expired banknotes.”
The banknotes include all old Omani banknotes issued before November 1st, 1995.
According to the CBO, these include: “First Issue: Saidi Riyal issued in 1970 under the supervision of Muscat Currency Authority (100 Baisa, Quarter Riyal, Half Riyal, One Riyal, 5 Riyals, 10 Riyals).
“Second Issue: Banknotes issued in 1972 under the supervision of Oman Currency Board (100 Baisa, Quarter Riyal, Half Riyal, One Riyal, 5 Riyals, 10 Riyals)."
“Third Issue: Banknotes issued in 1976 under the supervision of the Central Bank of Oman (from 100 Baisa to 50 Riyals)."
“Fourth Issue: Banknotes issued in 1985 under the supervision of the Central Bank of Oman (from 100 Baisa to 50 Riyals)."
The replacement also includes Omani banknotes issued on November 1st, 1995
“Fifth Issue: Banknotes 50 Riyals, 20 Riyals, 10 Riyals and 5 Riyals, which do not have the shiny holographic security strip on their front side,” the Central Bank added.”
It is therefore advised that all old banknotes mentioned above shall be replaced with the ones currently circulated by the Central Bank of Oman HO in Ruwi or its branches in Salalah and Sohar before the set deadline.