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  • 1 Pound 2019, Egypt, American University in Cairo, 100th Anniversary
  • 1 Pound 2019, Egypt, American University in Cairo, 100th Anniversary

Off-metal coins (OMS) are coins that are struck using a different metal alloy planchet than the one that is typically used.

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by the American Mission in Egypt, a Protestant mission sponsored by the United Presbyterian Church of North America, as an English-language university and preparatory school. University founder Charles A. Watson wanted to establish a western institution for higher education.

The American University in Cairo is a private research university in Cairo, Egypt. The university offers American-style learning programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, along with a continuing education program.

The AUC student body represents over 50 countries. AUC's faculty members, adjunct teaching staff and visiting lecturers are internationally diverse and include academics, business professionals, diplomats, journalists, writers and others from the United States, Egypt and other countries.

AUC holds institutional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and from Egypt's National Authority for Quality Assurance and Assessment of Education.


Depicts two striped arches on one side, one slightly smaller than the other, bowing together to create an impossible bridge where they alluringly meet in the middle. The design of the coin shows the impact of University’s architecture past and present on AUCians, seeing architecture as the connecting dot between all the generations. It embodies how AUCians relate to AUC’s architecture, specifically its idiosyncratic arches and portals.

The coin was designed by five AUC graphic design students: Ahmad Khalil, Ingy Fawzy, Lana Kurdi, Mariam Ibrahim and Mariem Abutaleb

1919 - 2019


Domination in Arabic and English (100 design 5 seats within first zero and years within second zero) divides the legend "Arab Republic of Egypt" above and dates below.

جمهورية مصر العربية
١ جنيه
١٤٤٠هـ ٢٠١٩ م


1 Pound

Trial Strike, Copper Planchet OMS
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Copper
Weight -
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Cairo Mint

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