UAE Central Bank releases commemorative Dh50 coin

Special silver coin marks the discovery of the Umm Al Nar civilisation in Abu Dhabi 50 years ago.

ABU DHABI // The Central Bank has released a souvenir Dh50 silver coin to mark the 50th anniversary of the archaeological excavations in Abu Dhabi that discovered the Umm Al Nar civilisation.

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach), which requested the coin issue, had previously issued a commemorative stamp to mark this occasion in collaboration with Emirates Post.

The commemorative coins are 40mm in diameter, weigh 40 grams and are made of 92.5 per cent silver and 7.5 per cent copper, according to the Central Bank.

The minted coins are to be handed to Adach and will not be sold to the public via banks.

"The release of this souvenir coin coincided with an exhibition organised by the authority celebrating the most important archeological discoveries in Abu Dhabi," said Mohammed Khalaf al Mazrouei, the director of Adach.

"The exhibition, entitled Dawn of History, reveals the ancient past of Abu Dhabi [and is] focused on the discoveries made by a Danish archaeological expedition that worked on the island of Umm Al Nar and Al Ain city between 1959 and 1972."

The exhibition will run from February 2 to May 2 at Al Jahili fort in Al Ain, hosted by Al Ain Museum. On display will be 147 artefacts, along with an array of traditional pieces.