EGYPT 2 qirsh 1917

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EGYPT, Sultan Husein, 2 qirsh, 1917, silver, 0.075 ozT, KM317.1, might be able to get that tiny spot out, AU-Unc

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Hussein Kamil was a son of the Khedive of Egypt, supposedly an Ottoman feudatory, but in fact independent. During World War I the British occupied Egypt and set him up as Sultan. His son became king Fuad I.

Egypt is, famously, where one of the three oldest literate cultures emerged. The other two places are Iraq and China. Coins go back to the last Pharao, just before the arrival of Alexander the Great. There is a continuous tradition of coinage from then until now. For purposes of this website, modern Egypt starts with the Ottoman conquest of the 16th century.

“Middle East” is, generally spealing, Morocco east to Afghanistan, Sudan in the south to Turkey in the north.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.