• 1 Pound 1973, KM# 439, Egypt, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Completion of the Aswan Dam
  • 1 Pound 1973, KM# 439, Egypt, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Completion of the Aswan Dam
Description

The Aswan Dam, or more specifically since the 1960s, the Aswan High Dam, is the world's largest embankment dam, which was built across the Nile in Aswan, Egypt, between 1960 and 1970. Its significance largely eclipsed the previous Aswan Low Dam initially completed in 1902 downstream. Based on the success of the Low Dam, then at its maximum utilization, construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the government following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952; with its ability to better control flooding, provide increased water storage for irrigation and generate hydroelectricity the dam was seen as pivotal to Egypt's planned industrialization. Like the earlier implementation, the High Dam has had a significant effect on the economy and culture of Egypt. The Aswan Dam was designed by the Moscow-based Hydroproject Institute.

Obverse

Depicts the Aswan Dam in the Nile with the rising sun at the horizon above, date '15th of January 1971' below, inside a wreath made of corn and spikes (ears), FAO motto 'Produce more food' above.

انتج مزيداً من الطعام
١٥ يناير سنة ١٩٧١

Reverse

Stylized state name (Arab Republic of Egypt), denomination, year of issue in Gregorian and Hijri calendar years (all in Arabic).

جمهورية مصر العربية
جنيه واحد
١٣٩٣ ١٩٧٣

Edge

1 Pound

KM# 439 Schön# 142
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.720
Weight 25 g
Diameter 40 mm
Thickness 2.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Cairo Mint

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