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Bank Warns Against Defacing Banknotes

July 19, 1990

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) _ The Central Bank delivered a stiff public warning Thursday to stem the rising number of people defacing banknotes with what it termed ″indecent expressions.″

Notices appeared in English-language and Arabic newspapers cautioning that writing on a banknote could cancel its monetary value.

The bank said Oman had introduced security measures in banknote printing technology to prevent what it called ″forgery and cheating.″

But it said: ″It has been observed for some time that there is an increasing trend among the public to write on banknotes - telephone numbers, names, verses of poetry or even indecent expressions.″

The bank statement noted that the designs and words of the notes are also sometimes tampered with.

″Keeping our banknotes in a good condition is a national duty, observance of which indicates our civilized attitudes and behavior,″ the statement added. The Omani rial is currently worth about 38 cents.

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