Oman AH 1407 25 omani rials
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. This specimen was lot 33568 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $720. The catalog description noted, "Qabus bin Sa'id gold Proof 25 Omani Rials AH 1407 (1987) PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC." This NCLT featuring the booby was struck for the WWF in 1986, tho dated 1987. Proofs are listed as KM 99 and have a different obverse.
Recorded mintage: 5,000.
Specification: 10 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 74.
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