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  • 5 Pounds 1999, KM# 867, Egypt, Cairo Metro, Tunnel Under Nile River
  • 5 Pounds 1999, KM# 867, Egypt, Cairo Metro, Tunnel Under Nile River
Description

The Cairo Metro is the rapid transit system in Greater Cairo, Egypt. It was the first of the three full-fledged metro systems in Africa and the first in the Arab world to be constructed.

Cairo's metro network was greatly expanded in the mid-1990s with the building of Line 2, from Shoubra El Kheima to Cairo University, with an extension to Giza. The line includes the first tunnel under the Nile. The construction of the line was finished in October 2000, and it was later extended to El Mounib.

Obverse

Depicts a subway train below water, date (April 1999) below. The inscription "Passing of the Metro Under the Nile" above and "The National Authority for Tunnels" below. Designer's mark on the left (Hammad Ali).

عبور المترو تحت النيل
حماد علي
إبريل ١٩٩٩
الهيئة القومية للأنفاق

Reverse

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

جمهورية مصر العربية
خمسة
جنيهات
١٤٢٠هـ - مـ١٩٩٩

Edge

5 Pounds

Cairo Metro
Tunnel Under Nile River

Subscribe series
KM# 867 Schön# 639
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.720
Weight 17.5 g
Diameter 37.2 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Cairo Mint

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