In Muscat and Oman , a unit of mass, about 168.3 grams.
One kiyas is the weight of 6 Maria Theresa thalers, a silver coin first minted in 1782 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It became so popular in the lands around the Red Sea that the coin continued to be struck for centuries, not only in Vienna, but also Rome, Paris, London, Brussels, Bombay (Mumbai), Birmingham, Prague, Milan and Venice. In 1940-41 alone the British minted 24,000,000 coins. All Maria Theresa thalers are dated 1780, even though none of them were struck in that year.
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