Commemorative RO 1 gets global award

MUSCAT: The commemorative RO 1 banknote issued by the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) on the occasion of the 45th National Day has won the Special Achievement Award at the Security Currency Printing Conference held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
This banknote has a number of security features. The obverse design of the banknote is adorned with the photograph of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
The banknote also contains many details. The most prominent are the raised tactile marks, which can be felt from both sides of the note to assist the blind or visually impaired in recognising the denominations.
There is also a security thread in two metallic colours (copper and aluminium) with metalised images of the Omani Khanjar and ‘ONE RIAL” and number “1” written in both Arabic and English.
In addition, the banknote depicts a watermark portrait of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and the numeral “1” clearly appears as the note is viewed towards the light.
969060An Optically Variable Ink — a colour shift between green and golden-brown is revealed when the note is tilted towards the light.
The see through feature, (the Complete Photo) the printing of the coloured Khanjar on the back of the note completes the image of the white Khanjar on the obverse of the note when viewed against the light.
Regarding the feature of the “Hidden Photo” of the number “1”, it appears when viewing the note indirectly.
Also, minute details appear on the note that can be read clearly by using a magnifying glass on the original banknote, while the note cannot be copied by coloured copiers or scanners.
The number “1” also appears in Arabic micro-lettering and in white.
This was printed on the note to confuse coloured copiers and scanners.
The banknote also is characterised by a secure background composed of detailed and complex patterns and printed in similar and coordinated manner.
It contained a counter scanning pattern.
It was printed on the banknote in pale colour to be seen clearly on the fake banknote.
Among the most prominent features depicted on the banknote are Al Alam Palace in Muscat on the obverse side of the note and also Sultan Qaboos University on the reverse, which also depicts an image of the pontia glauconome, a desert white butterfly native to Oman. — ONA