History of Omani Currency
Oman has a rich history of currency circulation dating back to centuries due to its strategic geographical location between the Middle East and India. Oman has long enjoyed an important commercial role in the Islamic world. Its seafarers knew all the trade routes along the coasts of Arabia, East Africa, India and the Far East. The traders through Omani ports dealt in transporting of several luxury goods required by rulers and the people spanning east and west directions. As a trading nation, Oman became familiar with the currencies of many countries issued by different rulers. Its vast exposure would have guided the country enabling it to choose from different coins. This preference was based on the dependability of the coin itself. Was it of sound alloy and regular weight? Did it have a clear sound when rung on a hard surface? Could it easily be exchanged for goods and services? Would it look attractive if converted into jewelry and ornaments?