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Posted On: 13 December 2020 09:05 pm

What's new about the Qatari Riyal banknotes?

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Now that the release of the 5th series of Qatar Riyal banknotes is just a few days away, let's take a look at what you can expect from the new banknotes.

READ: New Qatari Riyal banknotes to be available starting December 18; QR 200 banknote introduced

Qatari Riyals: 5th issue designs

According to the Qatar Central Bank, the new banknotes will feature common themes for their front designs. This will include traditional geometric patterns, the State of Qatar flag, Qatari flora (Dreama), and an ornate gate representing historical Qatari architecture.

The back will feature themes reflecting Qatari tradition, Islamic history, culture, flora and fauna, and the development of education, sport, and the economy.

For the first time, there will be a QR 200 banknote to be released along with the other previous denominations: QR 1, QR 5, QR 10, QR 50, QR 100, QR 500.

5th issue security features

5th issue qatari riyals security features
Image credit: Qatar Central Bank
According to Qatar Central Bank these are the security features of the new banknotes.
  1. Security threads each showing the value of the denomination.
  2. You will be able to feel the raised print of the numerals and horizontal bars for the blind and visually impaired.
  3. Lift the banknote up to the light to see the incomplete shapes on the front and back of the note combine to form the banknote’s value.
  4. Lift the banknote up to the light to see the watermark of the State of Qatar Crest and denomination numerals.
  5. Tilt the banknote and see changes to the appearance of the hologram.
  6. Tilt the banknote and see the changes to the appearance of the security thread.
  7. Tilt the banknote to see the Dreama flower on the gate changing color and a bright circle moving within the flower.

Qatari Riyals: 4th issue designs and security features

The fourth issue of the national currency started circulation in 2003, according to

The Qatari coat of arms is one of the main features of all of the banknotes. The QR 100 and QR 500 notes feature a see-through foil window with the Qatari coat of arms printed on it.

The 4th issue added a number of improved security features to the banknotes, such as the see-through foil window on which Qatar’s coat of arms is printed. The other denominations also feature holographic security thread.

READ MORE: All you need to know about the evolution of the monetary system in Qatar

4th issue vs 5th issue of Qatari Riyals
4th issue vs 5th issue of Qatari Riyals. Image credit: Qatar Central Bank

Side by side: A look at the current and future Qatari Riyal banknotes

QR 1

QR 1 5th issue and 4th issue
QR 1. Image credit: Qatar Central Bank

The one riyal bill on the 5th edition shows traditional dhow (Bateel) and the Oyster and Pearl Monument (which was previously in the QR 50) along the Corniche while the 4th edition shows three native birds of Qatar. Previously grayish-blue in color, the new one riyal bill is now green.

QR 5

QR 5 4th vs 5th issue
QR 5. Image credit: Qatar Central Bank

The 5th edition five riyal note shows a traditional desert scene comprising of fauna (Arab horses, Camel, Oryxes), flora (Al Ghaf) and ‘hair tent’ (buryuut hajar). The green-colored 4th edition features the old National Museum of Qatar, a camel and four Arabian Oryx.

QR 10

QR 10 4th vs 5th issue
QR 10. Image credit: Qatar Central Bank

Lusail Stadium, Torch Tower (Aspire Zone), Sidra Medicine and Education City (Qatar Foundation) features in the new ten riyal banknote while the orange-colored 4th issue shows a traditional dhow and sand dunes.

QR 50

QR 50 4th and 5th issue
QR 50. Image credit: Qatar Central Bank

The Qatar Central Bank Building is featured on both the 5th and 4th issue of the 50 riyal banknote. On the new issue, it was featured together with the Ministry of Finance building meanwhile the previous note features the Pearl Oyster monument.

QR 100

QR 100 4th vs 5th issue
QR 100. Image credit: Qatar Central Bank

Abu Al Qubaib Mosque is the only image featured on the 5th issue of the QR 100 while the 4th series features Al Shaqab and a mosque.

QR 500

What's new about the Qatari Riyal banknotes?
QR 500. Image credit: Qatar Central Bank

Featuring in the new QR 500 banknote are Ras Laffan LNG Refinery and LNG carrier ship. A falcon's head, Amiri Diwan, and an old fort are the images shown on the 4th issue.

QR 200

Two hundred qatari riyals 2020
Front and back of the new QR 200. Image credit: Qatar Central Bank

The Two Hundred Riyal banknote has images of the Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, Qatar National Museum, and Museum of Islamic Art.

You can also take a look at the old issues of Qatari Riyals at Qatar Central Bank's website.

Source: Qatar Central Bank

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