The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has announced (8th January) the issue of silver collector coins and a circulation-type commemorative one-dirham coin which highlights the hosting of the Asian Cup in the Emirates. The United Arab Emirates will play host to the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup from the 5th January to the 1st February 2019.
AFC Asian Cup is the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation. It is the second time that the United Arab Emirates has now hosted the tournament after the 1996 finals. For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament is contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that was used from 2004 to 2015. Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams. The host nation automatically qualified for the final tournament, while the remaining 23 places were determined among the other 45 national teams through a qualifying competition, running from March 2015 to March 2018, in which the first two rounds also served as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process for the AFC.
The obverse side of the new silver Proof collector’s coin depicts the logo of the Asian Cup, which includes the inscription in English AFC ASIAN CUP UAE 2019 arranged in three lines below the actual logo. The reverse side includes the denomination of 50 dirhams in Arabic numerals and script and is placed in the
|One dirham||Cupro-nickel||10 g||36.1 mm||Uncirculated||N/A|
|One crown||.925 silver||40 g||40 mm||Proof||1,000|
The coins were released by the Central bank, with the whole mintage of 1,000 pieces of the commemorative silver coins having been handed over to the local