This week we are looking at Qatar 1 Riyal p28 2008-2015. The note has two signature varieties and was issued between 2008 and 2015. The 1 Riyal note was demonetized just last month on 3/19/2021. This is our current featured note and is offered at a discounted price for a limited time.


The front of this note is in Arabic text, and shows the coat of arms. The emblem displays two curved swords (scimitars) crossing. Above the swords is a sail boat (Dhow) sailing on the water by an island with two palm trees. Although not shown on this note, the coat of arms is typically encased by a circle that is white on the top half and maroon on the bottom. These two colors are the colors of Qatar’s national flag, and in the white section written in Kufic script is “State of Qatar”. This is also written in English in the maroon portion. Qatar’s national coat of arms was introduced in 1976, six years after the dissolution of the British protectorate, and designed under Emir of Qatar Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani.


The Coat of Arms of the State of Qatar depicts a variety of meanings and values of different geographical and cultural connotations. It reflects an interactive and harmonious interface between wild and marine lives. It also depicts the palm tree height and its sense of giving, recalling of Arab mightiest swords, the sense of dignity and safe haven.
— Amiri Diwan, Coat of Arms of the State of Qatar


(The Amiri Diwan is the sovereign body and the administrative office of the Amir).

The back of the note is in English, and shows three native birds: Crested Lark, Eurasian (or European) Bee Eater and Lesser Sand Plover. The Crested Lark is distinguished by the feathers that rise up when the bird is courting, singing or in a territorial display. The Crested Lark’s plumage is typically soil colored to blend in with its environment, and can be found in dry areas and agricultural land. Its song is a very pretty whistling or fluting sound. The Eurasian (European) Bee Eater migrates from Europe to Northern Africa and Western Asia. Like the Crested Lark it is typically found in drier areas. It makes colonial nests by creating burrows in the sand. Like the name implies, it is an insect eater and mainly catches bees, hornets and wasps. Before eating its favorite food, the Bee Eater will remove the stinger by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It can eat around 250 bees per day and typically does not hunt in apiaries (bee yards). Last but not least, is the Lesser Sand Plover. This Plover is a smaller bird and feeds on insects, crustaceans and annelid worms. Its song is a hard trill. Breeding adult Lesser Sand Plover’s have a black mask and a bright orange chest and neck. The lesser sand plover is one of the species on the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA).


The Qatar p28 note’s intricate designs on the front and wildlife drawing on the back can leave you mesmerized. It would be a great addition to any banknote collection. Make sure to get yours while the note is still discounted (limited time offer).

Country: Qatar
Denomination: 1 Riyal
Pick #: 28
Year: 2008 – 2015
Grade: UNC
Other Info: p28 has two signature varieties. Please check with me if you need a specific sign set
Coloration: Light Blue/Green
Depictions: Designs; Crest; 3 native birds (Crested Lark, Eurasian Bee Eater; Lesser Sand Plover)
Note Size: 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: Falcons Head