• 1 Pound 1982, KM# 542, Egypt, Egyptian Air Force, 50th Anniversary
  • 1 Pound 1982, KM# 542, Egypt, Egyptian Air Force, 50th Anniversary
Description

The Egyptian Air Force (EAF), is the aviation branch of the Egyptian Armed Forces, is responsible for all airborne defence missions and operates all military aircraft, including those used in support of the Egyptian Army, Egyptian Navy and the Egyptian Air Defense Forces. The latter was created as a separate command in the 1970s and it coordinates with the Air Force to integrate air and ground-based air defence operations. The EAF is headed by an Air Marshal (Lieutenant General equivalent). Currently, the commander of the Egyptian Air Force is Air Marshal Mohamed Abbas. The force's motto is 'Higher and higher for the sake of glory' (Arabic: إلى العلا في سبيل المجد‎).

The Egyptian Army Air Service was formed in 1932, and became an independent air force in 1937. It had little involvement in the Second World War. From 1948 to 1973 it took part in four separate wars with Israel, as well as the quasi-War of Attrition. It also supported the Egyptian Army during the North Yemen Civil War and the Libyan–Egyptian War of 1977. From 1977 to 2011 it saw virtually no combat but has participated in numerous exercises, including Operation Bright Star. Since 1992 the EAF has also provided aviation support for the police and other national security organizations engaged in the war against terrorism.

Obverse

Depicts the emblem of Egyptian Air Force (coat of arms of Egypt within the Federation of Arab Republics above and an eagle in the centre within a wreath of lotus flowers) between the inscription "They are boys who have believed in their Lord and increased them with guidance" above, dates "1932-1982" and "50th Anniversary of the Egyptian Air Force" below.

The coat of arms of Egypt within the Federation of Arab Republics, and during the seven years after the Federation's dissolution (1972–1984) consists of the Hawk of Quraish supporting a shield bearing a scroll of the words "Federation of Arab Republics" in Arabic, inscription "Arab Republic of Egypt" below.

The Hawk of Quraish is a symbol which is found on a number of emblems, coat of arms and flags of several states of the Arab world. The Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula, today especially those from the Persian Gulf coast, are traditionally falconry experts; falcons (and hawks) are seen as status symbols and one of the Arabs' favorite animals. Also the traditions and recorded history about the Quraysh and Muhammad claim a falcon had been used as clan symbol. Therefore, several variants of the Quraishi hawk were and are seen in the flags, coat of arms, seals and emblems of several Arab states until today. In that meaning, the Hawk of Quraish is a rival to the so-called Eagle of Saladin.

انهم فتية امنوا بربهم و زدناهم هدى
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العيد الخمسيني للقوات الجوية

Reverse

Denomination divides dates (Gregorian and Hegira), legend "Arab Republic of Egypt" above.

جمهورية مصر العربية
جنيه واحد
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Edge

1 Pound

KM# 542
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.720
Weight 15 g
Diameter 35 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Cairo Mint

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