QATAR Paper Money,
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Chief of State,
President:
الشيخ تميم بن حمد آل ثاني
Sheikh Tamin
ibn HAMAD Al-THANI
25.6.2013 - present


Head of Government,
Prime Minister:
لشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل
Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser
 ibn KHALIFAH Al-THANI 26.6.2013 - present

دولة قطر
State of Qatar Banknotes, ND(1973-Present) Issues

دولة قطر
State of Qatar

1550-1670 TUR; 1868 Independence; 1916 GBR Protectorate;  3.9.1971 QAT
IND currency until 1961; QDB 1961-73; QAT 1973 >
Qatar used Indian currency until 1959; Gulf Rupees 1959-61
Qatar used Qatar & Dubai currency from 1961-73
The first banknotes attributable to Qatar were issued in 1973

Qatar Monetary Agency

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P.1  1 Riyal ND(1973)  
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P.2  5 Riyals ND(1973)  
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Qatar Central Bank

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BACKGROUNDER

Qatar has been inhabited for millennia. The Al Khalifa family of Bahrain dominated the area until 1868 when, at the request of Qatari nobles, the British negotiated the termination of the Bahraini claim, except for the payment of tribute. The tribute ended when the Ottoman Empire occupied Qatar in 1872.

When the Ottomans left at the beginning of World War I, the British recognized Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani as ruler. The Al Thani family had lived in Qatar for 200 years. The 1916 treaty between the United Kingdom and Sheikh Abdullah was similar to those entered into by the British with other Gulf principalities. Under it, the ruler agreed not to dispose of any of his territory except to the U.K. and not to enter into relationships with any other foreign government without British consent. In return, the British promised to protect Qatar from all aggression by sea and to lend their good offices in case of a land attack. A 1934 treaty granted more extensive British protection.

In 1935, a 75-year oil concession was granted to the Qatar Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of the Iraq Petroleum Company, which was owned by Anglo-Dutch, French, and U.S. interests. High-quality oil was discovered in 1940 at Dukhan, on the western side of the Qatari peninsula. However, the start of WWII delayed exploitation of Qatar's oil resources, and oil exports did not begin until 1949.

During the 1950s and 1960s gradually increasing oil revenues brought prosperity, rapid immigration, substantial social progress, and the beginnings of Qatar's modern history. When the U.K. announced a policy in 1968 (reaffirmed in March 1971) of ending the treaty relationships with the Gulf sheikdoms, Qatar joined the other eight states then under British protection (the seven trucial sheikdoms--the present United Arab Emirates--and Bahrain) in a plan to form a union of Arab emirates. By mid-1971, as the termination date of the British treaty relationship (end of 1971) approached, the nine still had not agreed on terms of union. Accordingly, Qatar declared independence as a separate entity and became the fully independent State of Qatar on September 3, 1971.

In February 1972, the Heir Apparent, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad, deposed his cousin, Amir Ahmad, and assumed power. Key members of the Al Thani family supported this move, which took place without violence or signs of political unrest.

On June 27, 1995, the Deputy Amir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, deposed his father Amir Khalifa in a bloodless coup. An unsuccessful counter-coup was staged in 1996. The Amir and his father are now reconciled, though some supporters of the counter-coup remain in prison. The Amir announced his intention for Qatar to move toward democracy and has permitted a freer and more open press and municipal elections as a precursor to expected parliamentary elections. Qatari citizens approved a new constitution via public referendum in April 2003, which came into force in June 2005.


ACKNOWLEDEMENTS

CL1  We gratefully acknowledge collector CL1 for submitting these images.

WK  We gratefully acknowledge the late Dutch numismatist William N. Keijzers,  LANSA 1373, IBNS 8097, for these images.

TH  We gratefully acknowledge Tod Hunt for submitting these images.


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