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  • 5 Qirsh 1920, KM# 326, Egypt, Fuad I
  • 5 Qirsh 1920, KM# 326, Egypt, Fuad I

The Sultanate of Egypt was the short-lived protectorate that the United Kingdom imposed over Egypt between 1914 and 1922.

From 1882-1922, Britain formally occupied Egypt and controlled its government. At first, in what was called a veiled protectorate, Britain managed the Egyptian budget, took over the training of its military, and (although it had no legal authority to do so) basically ran Egypt through a series of commissions designed to protect British investments. The veiled protectorate lasted from 1882-1914, after which Britain declared war on the Ottoman Empire and named Egypt a formal protectorate, meaning it took complete control of the nation. However, the movement of British troops out of Cairo during World War I gave revolutionaries a chance to unite and anti-British rebellions popped up. In 1922, Britain resolved the problem by declaring Egypt independent.

Fuad I (1868–1936) was the sultan and later king of Egypt and Sudan, sovereign of Nubia, Kordofan, and Darfur. The ninth ruler of Egypt and Sudan from the Muhammad Ali dynasty, he became sultan in 1917, succeeding his elder brother Hussein Kamel. He substituted the title of king for sultan when the United Kingdom recognised Egyptian independence in 1922.


Depicts the tughra of Sultan Fuad above the accession date within a wreath.

A tughra is a calligraphic monogram, seal or signature of a sultan that was affixed to all official documents and correspondence. It was also carved on his seal and stamped on the coins minted during his reign. Tughras served a purpose similar to the cartouche in ancient Egypt or the Royal Cypher of British monarchs, every Ottoman sultan had his own individual tughra.

السلطان فؤاد


Value in English and Arabic in the centre, country name (Sultanate of Egypt) above, year (left in Western, right in Arabic) and mintmark below.

السلطنة المصرية
5 ٥
1920 H ١٣٣٨


5 Qirsh (Piastres)

Sultanate, British Protectorate
KM# 326
Material Silver
Fineness 0.833
Weight 7 g
Diameter 25.9 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Heaton Mint, Birmingham (H)

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