New banknotes have been issued in Morocco by Bank Al Maghrib to mark the 20th anniversary of King Mohammed VI, 56, ascending the Moroccan throne. The bank will be issuing a limited amount of commemorative MAD 20 notes in September of this year.
According to Moroccan World News, the bank explained about the new banknote saying it is “characterised by a vertical design, which carries a photo of King Mohammed VI.”
The note will have drawings of some of the major projects that have occurred since the King took the throne including the high-speed train Al Buraq and the Mohammed VI bridge. The bank added that these drawings are meant to represent “different aspects of a contemporary Morocco committed to taking the path of progress.”
In reference to security measures in place to prevent counterfeit bills, they added, “At least 10 robust security elements were included on both interfaces, most notably microscopic texts and anti-scanning patterns that were inserted in different parts of the paper.”
The anniversary of his accession to the throne is marked each year with a holiday called Throne Day which takes place every 31 July.
King Mohammed VI was born as the eldest son of the late King Hassan and Lalla Latifa Hammou on 21 August 1963 in Rabat. He came to the throne upon the death of his father, King Hassan II on 23 July 1999; he was enthroned a few days later on 30 July.
His heir is his elder child and only son with former wife, Princess Lalla Salma -16-year-old Crown Prince Moulay Hassan. The couple also have a daughter, 12-year-old Princess Lalla Khadija.