• 10 Qirsh 1980, KM# 520, Egypt, National Labour Day, Science Day
  • 10 Qirsh 1980, KM# 520, Egypt, National Labour Day, Science Day
Description

The celebration of the Science Day dates back to the royal era in 1944, when King Farouk announced that Egypt would celebrate the Science Day on August 17, every year. In the era of President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1958, the date of Science Day was changed to December 21, the date of the opening of Cairo University in 1908.

Obverse

Depicts a satellite dish left of two towers on a stylized globe between (above) radiant sun (bottom) mirrored wreath of two branches with (2x6) 12 leaves and a cogwheel as a knot, quotation from Quran above.

A satellite dish is a dish-shaped type of parabolic antenna designed to receive or transmit information by radio waves to or from a communication satellite. The term most commonly means a dish that receives direct-broadcast satellite television from a direct broadcast satellite in geostationary orbit.

انما يخشى الله من عباده العلماء

Reverse

Depicts on the left a seated writing Set (right), denomination and dates (Gregorian and Hegira) in centre and below, legend "Arab Republic of Egypt" above.

Set is a god of deserts, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion. In Ancient Greek, the god's name is given as Sēth (Σήθ). Set had a positive role where he accompanies Ra on his barque to repel Apep, the serpent of Chaos. Set had a vital role as a reconciled combatant.

In the Osiris myth, the most important Egyptian myth, Set is portrayed as the usurper who killed and mutilated his own brother, Osiris. Osiris's wife, Isis, reassembled his corpse and resurrected her dead husband long enough to conceive his son and heir, Horus. Horus sought revenge upon Set and the myths describe their conflicts.

In art, Set is usually depicted as an enigmatic creature referred to by Egyptologists as the Set animal, a beast resembling no known creature, although it could be seen as a composite of an aardvark, a donkey, a jackal, or a fennec fox. The animal has a curved snout, long rectangular ears, a thin forked tail and canine body, with sprouted fur tufts in an inverted arrow shape; sometimes, Set is depicted as a human with the distinctive head.

جمهورية مصر العربية
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قروش
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يوم العلميين

Edge

10 Qirsh (Piastres)

KM# 520 Schön# 232
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 6 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Cairo Mint

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