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  • 50 Centimes 1892, KM# Tn10, Suez Canal, Abdul Hamid II
  • 50 Centimes 1892, KM# Tn10, Suez Canal, Abdul Hamid II

Abdul Hamid II (1842–1918) reigned as the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire - the last Sultan to exert effective control over the fracturing state. He oversaw a period of decline, with rebellions (particularly in the Balkans), and he presided over an unsuccessful war with the Russian Empire (1877-1878) followed by a successful war against the Kingdom of Greece in 1897.

Outside the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Abdul Hamid II gained the nickname the Red Sultan or the Bloody Sultan because of the Hamidian massacres of Armenians and Assyrians of 1894-1896 and the use of the secret police to silence dissent and the Young Turks movement. Loyal citizens called him the Grand Khagan (Turkish: Ulu Hakan) for his extraordinary efforts in modernising the empire and in keeping it intact in difficult times.

The Khedivate of Egypt (1867–1914) was an autonomous tributary state of the Ottoman Empire, established and ruled by the Muhammad Ali Dynasty following the defeat and expulsion of Napoleon Bonaparte's forces which brought an end to the short-lived French occupation of Lower Egypt. The Khedivate of Egypt had also expanded to control present-day Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Greece, Cyprus, southern and central Turkey, and northwestern Saudi Arabia.

These tokens were issued by the Cooperative Society of the Suez Canal (Société Coopérative du Canal de Suez). Suez Canal. Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps and his Suez Canal Company built the Suez Canal between 1859 and 1869.


Depicts a cross formed of four smooth shields with spacer decorations, surrounded by the legend in French "Cooperative Society of the Suez Canal".



Denomination ("Good for 50 c") in the center, date below.

50 c


50 Centimes

Khedivate, Suez Canal Token
KM# Tn10 Lec# 15
Material Aluminium
Weight 1.53 g
Diameter 24.5 mm
Thickness -
Shape polygon
Sides 8
Alignment Medal

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