• 20 Qirsh 1984, KM# 557, Egypt
  • 20 Qirsh 1984, KM# 557, Egypt

The great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848.

Situated on the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque, the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century, is, with its animated silhouette and twin minarets, the most visible mosque in Cairo. The mosque was built in memory of Muhammad Ali Jr.,, Muhammad Ali's oldest son.

Muhammad Ali Pasha al-Mas'ud ibn Agha (1769 – 1849) was an Ottoman Albanian commander in the Ottoman army, who rose to the rank of Pasha, and became Wāli, and self-declared Khedive of Egypt and Sudan with the Ottomans' temporary approval. Though not a modern nationalist, he is regarded as the founder of modern Egypt because of the dramatic reforms in the military, economic and cultural spheres that he instituted. The dynasty that he established would rule Egypt and Sudan until the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 led by Muhammad Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser.


Stylized state name, denomination, year of issue in Gregorian and Hijri calendar years (all in Arabic).

Translation: Arab Republic of Egypt
20 Qirsh
1984 1404

جمهورية مصر العربية
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20 Qirsh (Piastres)

KM# 557
Material Cupronickel
Weight 6 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 1.4 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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