Egypt 1939 2 piastres

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King Farouk was the second ruler of the Kingdom of Egypt, coming to the throne in 1936. The coinage of his reign was similar to his father, King Fuad I. He was, among other things, an avid coin collector and pieces from his collection still circulate in the market today. He abdicated after widespread discontent in 1952, at which point Egypt became a republic and officially terminated rule by royal lineage.

This coin is a silver two piastres. The obverse has the portrait of Farouk, and the reverse has the text 'Kingdom of Egypt' in Arabic, the date (1939 AD - AH 1358), and the denomination, with a design around the periphery.

Recorded mintage: 500,000.

Specifications: 2.80 g, 0.833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 365.

Sources:

  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.

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