• 10 Qirsh 1980, KM# 503, Egypt, National Labour Day, Doctors' Day
  • 10 Qirsh 1980, KM# 503, Egypt, National Labour Day, Doctors' Day
Description

National Doctors' Day is a day celebrated to recognize the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities. Although supposed to be celebrated by patients in and benefactors of the healthcare industry, it is usually celebrated by health care organizations. Staff may organize a lunch for doctors to present the physicians with tokens of recognition. Historically, a card or red carnation may be sent to physicians and their spouses, along with a flower being placed on the graves of deceased physicians. Egypt celebrates Doctors' Day annually on March 18.

Obverse

Depicts a seated healer (Imhotep) with a sceptre above stone slab with the date 'March 18th'
between (above) logo made of text 'Trust in God' and Bowl of Hygieia inside crescent (left) above brickwork, legends 'In order to build Al-Aini Palace' above and 'Egyptian Doctors' Day' below.

Imhotep (Ancient Egyptian: "the one who comes in peace", fl. late 27th century BCE) was an Egyptian chancellor to the Pharaoh Djoser, probable architect of Djoser's step pyramid, and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. Traditions from long after Imhotep's death treated him as a great author of wisdom texts and especially as a physician. The first references to the healing abilities of Imhotep occur from the Thirtieth Dynasty (c. 380–343 BCE) onward, some 2,200 years after his death.

Bowl of Hygieia is one of the symbols of pharmacy, and along with the Rod of Asclepius it is one of the most ancient and important symbols related to medicine in western countries. Hygieia was the Greek goddess of health, hygiene, and the associate, wife, or daughter of Asclepius. Asclepius' symbol is his rod, with a snake twined around it; correspondingly, Hygieia's symbol is a cup or chalice with a snake twined around its stem.

من أجل بناء
قصر العيني
١٨ مارس
يوم الطبيب اطصرى

Reverse

Denomination divides dates (Gregorian and Hegira), legend "Arab Republic of Egypt" above.

جمهورية مصر العربية
١٠
قروش
١٤٠٠ ١٩٨٠

Edge

10 Qirsh (Piastres)

KM# 503 Schön# 216
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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 6 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 1.4 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Cairo Mint

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