PMG's Featured Note of the Month: Qatar 2020 10 Riyals

Posted on 11/15/2022

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar this month, we look at a note that includes Lusail Iconic Stadium, where the final game will be held.

Qatar, Central Bank 2020 10 Riyals - Replacement graded PMG 70★ Gem Uncirculated EPQ
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Country: Qatar

Catalog Number: Pick# 34a

Date: 2020

Denomination: 10 Riyals

Varieties: Pick# 34b has the year 2022 on the back of the note, instead of 2020.

What makes it special? The back of this banknote celebrates the stunning modern architecture of Qatar, including Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail; Aspire Tower in Doha (the focal point of the 15th Asian Games in 2006); and the Sidra Medical and Research Center in Al Rayyan. The stadium will host several 2022 FIFA World Cup matches, including the final on December 18, 2022.

Did you know? This is the first time the World Cup has been held in the Mideast. Until this year, the World Cup (the premier global competition for soccer every four years) has always been held in May, June or July. Qatar's summer heat made it impractical to hold the competition in the summer.

Total graded by PMG: As of September 2022, the PMG Population Report includes 189 examples of Pick# 34a and four examples of Pick# 34b, as of November 2022. PMG has also certified 8 examples of Pick# 34a*.

PMG median grade: PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ for Pick# 34a, PMG 66 Gem Uncirculated EPQ for Pick# 34a* and PMG 68 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ for Pick# 34b

PMG highest graded: PMG has certified one Pick# 34a and one Pick# 34a* as PMG 70★ Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

Sales highlights: The note pictured in this article is being offered on eBay, with bidding ending November 18, 2022. Several days before the auction, bidding had surpassed $300. PMG-certified examples of Pick# 34a in the median grade can be found on eBay for around $30.

PMG Registry: This note is part of the Qatar Complete, 1973-Date, P1-Date, Issued Notes, which is led by Empty Quarter's Qatar Complete to 2020, which includes a Pick# 34a graded PMG 67 Superb Gem Uncirculated EPQ.

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