• 50 Qirsh 1956, KM# 386, Egypt, Evacuation Day
  • 50 Qirsh 1956, KM# 386, Egypt, Evacuation Day
Description

Egypt annually celebrates Evacuation Day on June 18. This is one of the widely celebrated national holidays, however, public institutions, ministries and offices remain open. Britain occupied Egypt in 1882. The occupation lasted till 1952, when the Egyptian coup began on July 23.

British rule in the country of Egypt lead to instability in the political social spheres of Egyptians in the 1940s. In 1952, British rule became totally unstable and a coup attempt was made by military members. King Farouk I was forced to renounce his position, forcing Ahmed Foud II to the throne.

A republic was declared on June 18, 1953, with General Muhammad Naguib set to lead the country. However, the original architect of the independence movement, Gamal Abdel Nasser, took control of the republic with the resignation of Naguib. Finally, on June 18, 1956, Nasser finalized independence from Britain.

The day has been grandly and enormously celebrated with joy throughout the nation ever since. Notably, the evacuation of the British was initiated because of the defeat of the army officers who were in charge in the numerous regions of Egypt. The British Authorities considered it wise to evacuate their troops knowing they were losing against the movement led by Nasser.

Obverse

Stylized unchained Egyptian with torch right and inscription "Evacuation Day" and date "June 18, 1956".

عيد الجلاء
١٨يونيه
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Reverse

Depicts mirrored vulture wings and Egyptian cobra heads (symbols of Ancient Egypt) flanking the disk of the sun (God Amun Ra). The country name (Republic of Egypt), value (Arabic numeral 50 in the centre, the denomination "Qirsh" below) and dates (Hegira and Gregorian) above.

The Egyptian cobra (Naja haje) was represented in Egyptian mythology by the cobra-headed goddess Meretseger. A stylised Egyptian cobra—in the form of the uraeus representing the goddess Wadjet—was the symbol of sovereignty for the Pharaohs who incorporated it into their diadem.

جمهورية مصر
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قرشاً
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Edge

50 Qirsh (Piastres)

Evacuation Day

KM# 386
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.900
Weight 28 g
Diameter 40 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Cairo Mint

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