• 10 Milliemes 1973-1976, KM# 435, Egypt
  • 10 Milliemes 1973-1976, KM# 435, Egypt
Description

The Federation of Arab Republics was an attempt by Libya's Muammar Gaddafi to merge Libya, Egypt and Syria in order to create a United Arab state. Although approved by a referendum in each country on 1 September 1971, the three countries disagreed on the specific terms of the merger. The federation lasted from 1 January 1972 to 19 November 1977.

Obverse

The coat of arms of the Federation of Arab Republics consist of the Hawk of Quraish supporting a shield bearing a scroll of the words "Federation of Arab Republics" in Arabic.

The Hawk of Quraish is a symbol which is found on a number of emblems, coat of arms and flags of several states of the Arab world. The Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula, today especially those from the Persian Gulf coast, are traditionally falconry experts; falcons (and hawks) are seen as status symbols and one of the Arabs' favourite animals. Also the traditions and recorded history about the Quraysh and Muhammad claim a falcon had been used as clan symbol. Therefore, several variants of the Quraishi hawk were and are seen in the flags, coat of arms, seals and emblems of several Arab states until today. In that meaning, the Hawk of Quraish is a rival to the so-called Eagle of Saladin.

Translation: Federation of Arab Republics
Arab Republic of Egypt

إتحاد الجمهوريات العربية
جمهورية مصر العربية

Reverse

Denomination divides dates (Hegira and Gregorian), legend above.

Translation:
Arab Republic of Egypt
10 Milliemes
1973 1393

جمهورية مصر العربية
١٠
مليمات
١٣٩٣ ١٩٧٣

Edge

10 Milliemes

Federation of Arab Republics
KM# 435 Schön# 149
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Characteristics
Material Brass
Weight 3.2 g
Diameter 21.1 mm
Thickness 1.4 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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