• 50 Qirsh 1938, KM# 371, Egypt, Farouk I, Wedding of King Farouk I and Lady Farida
  • 50 Qirsh 1938, KM# 371, Egypt, Farouk I, Wedding of King Farouk I and Lady Farida
Description

Farouk I (1920–1965) was the tenth ruler of Egypt from the Muhammad Ali dynasty and the penultimate King of Egypt and the Sudan, succeeding his father, Fuad I, in 1936.

His full title was "His Majesty Farouk I, by the grace of God, King of Egypt and the Sudan". He was overthrown in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 and forced to abdicate in favour of his infant son, Ahmed Fuad, who succeeded him as Fuad II. Farouk died in exile in Italy in 1965.

King Farouk and Safinaz Zulficar (1921–1988) first met on a royal trip to London in 1937. They were engaged in the summer of 1937. They've married on 20 January 1938 at Qubba Palace in Cairo. Safinaz Zulficar was renamed Farida in accordance with the tradition initiated by King Fuad I that members of the royal family should bear the same initials. The royal couple had three daughters: Princess Ferial, Princess Fawzia and Princess Fadia. The marriage was under a large amount of stress due to Queen Farida's inability to produce a male heir, which Farouk found essential to maintain his throne. After the birth of a third daughter, Farouk divorced Farida, on 19 November 1948.

Obverse

Depicts a uniformed bust of King Farouk I (left) divide inscriptions "King of Egypt" and "Farouk the First". Engraver's initials below.

Engraver: Percy Metcalfe (PM)

ملك مصر
فاروق الأول
PM

Reverse

Denomination above, dates and legend (Egyptian Kingdom) within a circle and circular chain of 11 flowers.

٥٠ قرشا
المملكة
المصرية
١٣٥٧ - ١٩٣٨

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.875
Weight 4.25 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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