Egypt Silver 1970-1972 AD 1359-1361 AH Commemorative One Pound Thousandth year of Al Azhar Mosque Beautiful Lustrous Uncirculated Coin
Description: Beautiful lustrous uncirculated 1970-1972 (1359-1361 AH) One Egyptian Pound, large and heavy, silver coin. The coin depicts the famous al-Azhar Mosque built by the Fatimid Caliphs in 970-972 AD to be in the center of their new capital of al-Qahira or Cairo the current capital of Egypt. Al Azhar was also a school and is considered the oldest degree granting University in Egypt. The coins depicts the mosque on the obverse with the legend "To Teach You The Book and Wisdom" on top. The reverse is all in beautiful decorative Arabic Calligraphy showing the dates, the denomination, the fact that the coin was struck to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the mosque, and the fact that it is from The United Arab Republic (the times where Syria and Egypt formed a united country). Just a great looking coin that has a particularly large flan measuring 40 millimeters. It is KM-424 and weighs 25 grams of 0.72 silver. It measures approximately 40 mm in diameter. Please carefully review the scan as it is part and parcel of our description.
Date: 1970-1972 AD - 1359-1961 AH. Note that the dates in AD and AH do not correspond since the coin commemorates 1000 years in western Calendar which correspond and 1000 years in the Hijri calendar.
Size and Weight: This is a one pound, weighs 25 grams and is ~40 mm in diameter. Low mintage of 100,000 coins making it a rather rare and uncommon coin.
References: It is KM #424.
Condition: I would grade this coin as a beautiful uncirculated with all the details being very well preserved and all of its original mint luster. The coin is much better than the scan shows. It does have some minor scratches in the fields and some minor dings to the rim but nothing of concern. Just a great looking coin which would make a great addition to your collection. Please see photo for condition information.