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UAE Issues Limited Silver Coins Honoring its Founding Fathers and the 50th Anniversary

The founding fathers of the UAE. Photo: Ramesh Shukla

Celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of UAE‘s foundation continue with a new set of seven silver coins that were rcently unveiled by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE). Honoring the founding fathers of the country, led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the front faces of the coins bear two images each: a black and white rendering of the founding fathers, accompanied by a color image of Their Highnesses, the members of the Supreme Council of the Union, the current rulers of the Emirates. On the other side of the coin, the 50th year logo is encircled by the name of the Central Bank of the UAE in Arabic and English, and its value of AED 50.

Photo: WAM

The black and white photographs include the founding fathers, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla, Sheikh Saqr bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi. The colored images are of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; HH Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain and HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

Only 3,000 sets of the seven silver coins valued at AED 2,000 have been issued by the CBUAE, with each coin weighing 28 grams. The sets of seven are available for purchase at the CBUAE headquarters and its branches until the stocks last from Monday, January 3, 2022 onwards. Announcing the launch of the coins, Khaled Mohamed Balama, governor of the CBUAE, stated, “This coin issuance honors the founding fathers for their significant role in establishing the Federation of the Seven Emirates, and in line with the current wise leadership’ to continue the legacy of the founders in building a nation to which we are proud to belong.”

Photo: WAM

This follows the issue of a new AED50 banknote celebrating 50 years of the country. It pays tribute to the Father of the Nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whose portrait is featured on the note alongside an image of the Etihad Museum and Wahat Al Karama. The other side of the note also bears the photo of the founding fathers taken after signing the union document of the UAE.

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