Oman AH 1407 2-1/2 rials KM-73
This specimen was lot 1481 in Stephen Album sale 38 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2020), where it sold for $166.60. The catalog description noted, "OMAN: Qaboos bin Said, 1970-2020, AR 2½ rials, 1987/AH1407, WWF series - Verreaux's Eagle, NGC graded PF69 UC." This commemorative was part of an international series honoring the World Wildlife Federation. Most of the issues, including this one, were struck to the standard of the old British crown. Verreaux's eagle (Aquila verreauxii) is known from Oman but is primarily found in Africa. Oman, long a British protectorate, achieved full independence in 1971. Coinage began that year. She has watched enviously as her neighbors, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, harvest billions of dollars by selling oil, of which little occurs in Omani territory.
Recorded mintage: 25,000 proofs.
Specification: 28.28 g, 0.925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-73.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 38, featuring the Dabestani Collection of Persian Coins, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2020.