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Guide To Identifying Modern (1950 S Onwards) Egyptian And Syrian Coins

 
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 Posted 06/02/2020  06:44 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Have just sorted a bunch of foreign coins and have a confused pile of Egyptian and possibly Syrian coins to ponder over. I have seen some coins on the net that appear Egyptian described as Syrian. Did Egypt and Syria share a common coinage during the United Arab period? Is there a key point on an Egyptian coin to tell if it's Egyptian? Also, the eagle sometimes has 0, 1, 2 or 3 stars in the shield. What is the significance of the stars and the number? Have tried googling for answers but not getting anywhere. Is there a good online guide that gives the background about this? Thanks
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 Posted 06/02/2020  07:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numister to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Any pics ?
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@David, a lot of us use the online catalog Numista for coin identification. According to the sections for Egypt https://en.numista.com/catalogue/eg...c_egypte6165
and Syria https://en.numista.com/catalogue/sy...#c_syrie6163 I see these patterns:
- before 1958 thw falcon/hawk is used only on Syrian coins, and not on Egyptian as far as I can tell, and faces right.
- during the United Arab Republic period, the bird faces left and has 2 stars for the two nations. While the obverse designs are often similar, the reverse designs are very different.
- after the UAR period it looks like both countries use the falcon facing right, but only Syria uses 3 stars (though not always)
Unless you can read Arabic, I think you will need to use the catalog, or an app like Coinoscope to tell apart the coins during the UAR period, or later when the bird has no stars,


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Hi and thanks for the replies,

Numister - I have about 50 coins so didn't want to post pics of every one. I have surmised the coins with pyramids are Egyptian but it was the eagle coins that were throwing me the real wobbly.

Tdziemia - Thanks. Have used Numista for checking a coin I have found using google but never thought of browsing a country for trends. Thanks. So there is some logic in the eagle but not a hard fast rule.

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 Posted 06/04/2020  4:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, sat down last night and sorted out my egyptian coins. One date had 3 different style coins! Had about 25-30 egyptian coins and 5-6 Syrian coins. Had difficulty with a nother coin then discovered it was Libyrian so 3 countries are using the eagle and shield motif. Arghh! Still, all good now and have learnt along the way. Thanks again.
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Egypt and Syria, though technically united in a federation, kept their own separate currencies for the three years of the Union's existence. Egypt kept the name, and the UAR eagle on its coins, even though the "Union" now had a membership of just 1.

The eagle is described as the "Eagle of Saladin", the badge of the mediaeval soldier-prince who unified most of the Muslim world against the crusaders. In the light of European colonialism and the existence of Israel being seen in the Arab world as a "new crusade", many Arab nations across the Middle East and north Africa have adopted this eagle as their national symbol. The "Falcon of Quraish" is a similar-looking bird also used by some of these countries, for a similar reason; your Libyan coin is probably the falcon, rather than the eagle.
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